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David Ludwig

Dean of Artistic Programs,
Gie and Lisa Liem Artistic Chair of Performance Studies
Composition Faculty
Artistic Director, Curtis 20/21 Contemporary Music Ensemble

David Ludwig

Composer David Ludwig’s music has been described as “arresting, dramatically hued…” (New York Times) and “supercharged with electrical energy and raw emotion” (Fanfare); according to the Philadelphia Inquirer it “promises to speak for the sorrows of this generation.” In 2011, NPR Music listed him as one of the Top 100 composers under forty in the world. In 2013 his choral work, The New Colossus, was selected as the first work performed at the private prayer service for President Obama and his cabinet at the president’s second inauguration.

Dr. Ludwig has received commissions from prominent artists and ensembles including Jonathan Biss, Jaime Laredo, eighth blackbird, and ECCO. His orchestral commissions include works for the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the National Symphony. He has held residencies with the Marlboro Music School, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the MacDowell and Yaddo artist colonies, among others. He directs composition programs at the Atlantic and Lake Champlain festivals and has served as guest faculty at Yellow Barn and the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute. Active abroad, he was composer in residence at the Shanghai International Summer Music Festival in 2012, and is the resident composer for the STUDIO2021 Ensemble at Seoul National University.

Dr. Ludwig holds degrees and diplomas from Curtis, Oberlin Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Juilliard School, as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. At Curtis he is on the composition faculty; serves as the dean of artistic programs and the director of the Curtis 20/21 Contemporary Music Ensemble; and holds the Gie and Lisa Liem Artistic Chair of Performance Studies.

Dr. Ludwig is artistic director for the Young Artist Summer Program, part of Curtis Summerfest. With Curtis Chair of Musical Studies Jonathan Coopersmith he developed and taught Curtis’s Coursera course From the Repertoire: Western Music History through Performance.


Fanfare for Sam
Curtis Symphony Orchestra, October 24, 2011

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