David Starobin is the dedicatee of more than three hundred compositions featuring the guitar, including works by Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Poul Ruders and Gunther Schuller. A frequently honored figure, Starobin was called “arguably the most influential American classical guitarist of the 20th Century” (Soundboard), and was inducted into the Guitar Foundation of America's "Hall of Fame" in 2011. David Starobin concertizes and records on both period and modern guitars, often championing the music of 19th century guitar masters Giuliani, Sor, Matiegka and Regondi. Starobin has received Grammy nominations as guitarist, mandolinist, and "Classical Producer of the Year". He is Founder and Director of Artists & Repertoire at Bridge Records, Inc., a company which has been honored with 32 Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations. Starobin is co-librettist of the opera, The Thirteenth Child (music by Poul Ruders), and writer/director of the film String Trio, Los Angeles 1946, a documentary about Arnold Schoenberg, filmed in the composer's Los Angeles home. Starobin has taught at Manhattan School of Music since 1993, holding the school's "Andres Segovia Chair" from 1993 to 2004. He also holds the Fondation Charidu Chair in Guitar Studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he co-founded Curtis's guitar department. David Starobin is a student of guitarists Manuel Gayol, Alberto Valdes Blain and Aaron Shearer, and graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. His musical compositions are published by Editions New Rochelle (New York); and Edition Wilhelm Hansen (Copenhagen).
19th Century Works