David Starobin

David Starobin is the dedicatee of more than 350 new works which he has performed throughout the world, collaborating with ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony, Houston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Danish Radio Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Emerson and Guarneri quartets.

Mr. Starobin began his guitar studies at age seven with the guitarist Manuel Gayol, later graduating from the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Aaron Shearer. While a student at Peabody, Mr. Starobin worked closely with pianist Leon Fleisher and was a frequent participant in the Marlboro Music Festival.

Among David Starobin's honors are a Harvard University Fromm Grant for "his commitment to the music of our time"; Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Career Grant; ASCAP's Deems Taylor Award, and Peabody Conservatory's Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2011 Starobin became the youngest guitarist to be inducted into the Guitar Foundation of America's "Hall of Fame."

In 1981 David Starobin founded Bridge Records, Inc. His work for Bridge as performer, producer, and executive producer has earned three Grammy awards and thirty Grammy nominations, including "Classical Producer of the Year" in 2015.. Between 1993 and 2004, Mr. Starobin was the chairman of the guitar department at the Manhattan School of Music, where he still teaches. David Starobin joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2011, co-founding Curtis's guitar program.






Sunday  |  3 p.m.  |  Hillwood Recital Hall

Program includes Wenzeslaus Matiegka, Fernando Sor, Mauro Giuliani, and Francesco Molino


August 17   

GIULIANI Variations in A Major for Violin & Guitar, Op. 24a

POUL RUDERS Occam's Razor

(2016 Festival Commission; world premiere)

DVORÁK String Sextet in A Major, Op. 48

Dvorák’s infectious Czech flavors shine through his String Sextet when played by the Dover Quartet; Steven Tenenbom, viola; and Eric Kim, cello. And Poul Ruders’s Festival commission with the intriguing title Occam’s Razor (philosophy majors: reserve your seats now!) gets its world premiere, performed by Liang Wang, oboe, and David Starobin, guitar.

Dover Quartet, B. Kim, E. Kim, Starobin, Tenenbom, L. Wang


August 18

SCHUMANN Sonata in D Minor for Violin & Piano, Op. 121


Lass mich schlummern, Herzlein, schweige, Op.25, No.3

Die Zeit, Op, 13, No. 5

Canzonetta, Ch'io mai vi possa, Op. 29, No. 3

Wiegenlied, Schlaf, Herzenssohnchen, Op 13, No. 2


Tune thy musicke to thy hart

Never Weather-Beaten Sail

Jacke and Jone they thinke no ill

POUL RUDERS "Oh, Mother" from the opera The Thirteenth Child

SMETANA String Quartet No.1 in E Minor, “From My Life”

Poul Ruders’s commissioned work for guitar, soprano, and string quartet features guitarist David Starobin. Soprano Susanna Phillips joins him for a selection of songs, and Ida Kavafian and Artist-in-Residence Peter Serkin play Schumann’s tour de force Sonata in D Minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 121. To cap off the concert, Smetana’s “slice of life” String Quartet No. 1.

Dover Quartet, Kavafian, Serkin, Shafer, Starobin

August 20

VIVALDI Concerto for Trumpet, Strings & Continuo, “La tempesta di mare”

BOCCHERINI Quintet No. 4 in D Major for Guitar & Strings, “Fandango”

VIVALDI Concerto in G Minor for Trumpet, Strings & Continuo, “La notte”

J.S. BACH Concerto in C Major for Two Pianos, Strings & Continuo, BWV 1061

Artist-in-Residence Peter Serkin, fellow pianist Julia Hsu, and friends have the last word on this season’s Bach Plus Series performing J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Pianos, Strings & Continuo, BWV 1061; plus Boccherini’s Quintet for Guitar & Strings, nicknamed “Fandango” (yes, you’ll be dancing on the way home!); and two concertos by Baroque mega-star Antonio Vivaldi performed by virtuoso trumpeter Caleb Hudson.

Brauer, Fredenburgh, How, Hsu, Hudson, Johnson, McIntosh, Serkin, Starobin, Tatum