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David Fulmer
Sonja Georgevich

David Fulmer

violin and viola

Still in his twenties, composer, violinist, and conductor David Fulmer is quickly emerging as one of the most unique musicians of his generation - his bold compositional aesthetic combined with his thrilling performing abilities have garnered him numerous international accolades. He is the winner of the 14th International Edvard Grieg Competition for Composers; the first American ever to receive this highly acclaimed award. He has also been a winner of an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, a BMI Composer Award, and the Charles Ives Award (Scholarship) from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.This season Fulmer made his European debut with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra performing and recording his Violin Concerto under the direction of Matthias Pintscher. After rave reviews following the premiere of his Violin Concerto at Lincoln Center, Fulmer was immediately engaged to perform the work with major orchestras and festivals throughout Europe, North America, Scandinavia and Australia. Upcoming performances of his music will be featured at the Grieg Festival in Oslo, the Mozarteum Summer Festival in Salzburg, Heidelberger Frühling Internationales Musikfestival, Tanglewood Music Center, and numerous others. Current commissioned projects include a new violin concerto, Vor dem Morgengrauen, for Ole Bøhn and the Sydney Conservatorium (Sydney, Australia; “101 Commissions for 100 Years Project), a cello concerto for celebrated cellist Fred Sherry, a song cycle for Tony Arnold on texts by James Fenton, a clarinet quintet for the Phoenix Ensemble, and a saxophone quintet for the JACK Quartet. His extended, hour-long triptych saxophone concerto, On Night, composed for saxophone and ensemble for Eliot Gattegno, will be featured this upcoming season by the Argento New Music Project. On Night will be recorded for release on the Tzadik label along with his Violin Concerto.

Fulmer recently graduated from Juilliard, where he received his doctorate, with studies in composition with Milton Babbitt and in violin with Robert Mann. Since 2009, he has served on the faculty of Columbia University. He recently joined the Argento New Music Project as violinist, conductor and composer.​