Dr. David Westfall
Pianist David Westfall maintains an active career as concert pianist, collaborative artist, and teacher. He has concertized and given masterclasses throughout the United States, Canada, Spain, Brazil, Germany, South Korea, and Serbia. He is an avid chamber musician, and has performed with internationally acclaimed string quartets such as the Jupiter, Chiara, Colorado and American (in residence at the Manhattan School of Music), Johannes and the Borromeo (in residence at New England Conservatory). He frequently performs and lectures for music conferences throughout the United States. He has been a judge for numerous international competitions, including the Ricardo Viñes International Piano Festival in Spain, the Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition in Novi Sad, Serbia, and served for a number of years on the National Fulbright Screening Committee. He has lectured and taught masterclasses for the World Piano Pedagogy Conference (USA) and for the Music Teachers National Association – Canadian Music Teachers National Association Collaborative Conference in Toronto as well as the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad. He has also given classes at leading music schools such as the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, the Royal College of Music in London, and the Performing Arts and the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas. He has toured South Korea annually for the past four years, and given masterclasses at major music schools, including Sejong University, Sook Myung Women’s University, Seoul National University, Sungshin Women’s University, and Seoul Art High School. He performs and teaches every summer Three Bridges International Chamber Music Festival in Minnesota (USA). Critic Donald Rosenberg, from a review of a CD of “Eight Pieces for Violin, Viola and Piano” by Max Bruch in Gramophone Magazine,
stated that Westfall “manages Bruch’s Brahmsian demands with equal degrees of poetry, richness and agility.”
David Westfall is a graduate of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and holds Masters Degrees from Texas Christian University and the Juilliard School of Music. He received his Doctorate in Musical Arts from the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford. He has studied with renowned concert pianists Abbey Simon, and Gyorgy Sebok. He is Associate Professor of Piano at the Hartt School of Music, where he also serves as Director of the Instrumental Studies Division at Hartt.