Dr. David Witten
Pianist and educator David Witten’s career has included numerous concert tours in Europe, Russia, China, and South America. As the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar award, Witten spent five months in Brazil, teaching piano and twentieth-century music history. He is the editor of Nineteenth-Century Piano Music: Essays in Performance and Analysis, which includes his landmark analytical study of the Chopin Ballades. With flutist Sue-Ellen Hershman-Tcherepnin, Witten formed Dúo Clásico; their recording, Flute and Piano Music of Latin America, was issued by Musical Heritage Society. He has also released a solo CD featuring music of the Mexican composer Manuel M. Ponce [Marco Polo Records], and two CDs of music of the Russian composer Nikolai Tcherepnin [Toccata Classics Records]. Next year, he will issue a CD of piano music of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.
Born in Baltimore, MD, Witten received his early training at the Peabody Conservatory and at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. His undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University led to a degree in Psychology; he holds an M.F.A. degree in Piano Performance from SUNY Buffalo, and also a D.M.A. degree from Boston University. His teachers have included Tinka Knopf, Benjamin Oren, Reynaldo Reyes, Leo Smit, Walter Hautzig, Anthony di Bonaventura, and Dorothy Taubman. Presently, Witten is Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University in New Jersey.