Gie and Lisa Liem Artistic Chair of Performance Studies
20/21 Ensemble Artistic Director, Musical Studies, Composition, Music History
David Ludwig's music has been performed internationally by leading musicians in some of the world's most prestigious locations. His music has been described as “arresting, dramatically hued...” (The New York Times), “supercharged with electrical energy and raw emotion” (Fanfare) and that it “promises to speak for the sorrows of this generation,” (Philadelphia Inquirer). NPR Music listed him as one of the Top 100 Composers Under Forty in the world in 2011.
Commissions for prominent artists and ensembles include soloists Jonathan Biss and Jaime Laredo, ensembles like eighth blackbird and the PRISM quartet, and orchestras including the Philadelphia, Minnesota, and National Symphonies. He has held residencies with the Marlboro Music School, the Isabella Gardner Museum, and the MacDowell and Yaddo artist colonies to name a few. Ludwig directs composition programs at the Atlantic and Lake Champlain festivals and is guest faculty at Yellow Barn.
Born in Bucks County, P.A., he holds degrees from Oberlin, The Manhattan School of Music, Curtis, and Juilliard, as well as a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Ludwig is on the composition faculty of the Curtis Institute where he serves the Artistic Chair of Performance Studies and as the director of the Curtis 20/21 Contemporary Music Ensemble.
Dr. Ludwig serves as co-artistic director and head of composition at the Young Artist Summer Program as part of Curtis Summerfest 2013. Later in the year he and Jonathan Coopersmith will teach the Curtis-Coursera course From the Repertoire: Western Music History through Performance.
Fanfare for Sam
Curtis Symphony Orchestra, October 24, 2011