1. Faculty

David Garner

Composition; String and Piano Chamber; Music History and Literature; Music Theory and Musicianship

"...a heady and touching revelation." —San Francisco Chronicle

COURSES TAUGHT

  • Private Lessons
  • Orchestration
  • Composition Workshop
  • Chamber Music: Strings and Piano
  • Chamber Music Performance
  • Composition Seminar

EDUCATION

  • BM, San Francisco Conservatory of Music

AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS

  • Winner, American Prize in Composition (Chamber Music), 2015
  • Sarlo Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 1997

What is your hometown?

El Cerrito, CA

Who were your major teachers?

Nathan Schwartz, Beatrice Beauregard, and Roman Dukson.

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

“There is nothing more terrifying than a blank piece of manuscript paper.”

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

I’ve always known.

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

Acting.

From a music history perspective, what year and city are most important to you?

Paris 1910.

What are your most important collaborations?

Working with librettist Mark Hernandez for the opera Mary Pleasant at Land's End; with soprano Lisa Delan and pianist Kristin Pankonin for many vocal chamber music works and recordings (on-going); with Raeeka Shehabi-Yaghmai for the Persian Melody Project (on-going)

Who are three students you have had the privilege of teaching?

Shahab Paranj, Derek David, and Bobby Tahouri.

What recordings can we hear you on?

Phenomenon, Pentatone Classics
The Hours Begin to Sing, Pentatone Classics
Surviving: Women's Words, Centaur Records
Citrus, Quadre Music Group

What is your unrealized project?

My 1st Symphony.