David Brooks is a multi-faceted musician – a pianist, violinist, violist, composer, and teacher. As a performer, he plays a repertoire ranging from Alkan to Zwilich, spanning the avant-garde and neglected romantics, as well as the established greats. David has performed across the United States and Europe and after a performance at Boston's Gardner Museum, the Boston Globe called his playing "especially lush." Compass News said of another performance, "Brooks left the audience stunned and speechless."
Committed to the performance of new music, David has taken part in the world premiers of more than 30 compositions, performing works by Rzewski, Boulez, Cage, Schoenberg, Liebermann, Ornstein, and Feldman, among others. As a composer and transcriber, David has transcribed a wide array of works for solo piano by composers ranging from Bach to Penderecki. In 2013, his song cycle First Steps was performed in Romania, and in 2014 his Escherisms will be premiered at Symphony Space in New York.
David holds degrees in both piano and viola performance from Western Washington University and is currently in Stony Brook University’s Doctoral program. While at WWU, he was awarded the Presser Foundation Scholarship, Western’s highest honor, and was the violist of the Ravenna String Quartet. Brooks is also a dedicated teacher, who has taught at Adelphi University, and at the Pre-College Academy of Stony Brook University. He will join the faculty of Wingate University in Charlotte, North Carolina this Fall.
Welcome to "Le Petit Salon de Musique", a place where you can enjoy exceptional music in a lovely, intimate setting at a very reasonable price.
Here's what some of our guests have said about Le Petit Salon concerts:
"Le Petit Salon de Musique continues to provide outstanding programs featuring truly accomplished musicians. The intimacy of the setting, and the virtuosity of the performers, make it a unique experience for people who truly love good music. We have been attending since the Salon's inception, re-arranging our own busy schedules whenever necessary in order not to miss a single concert." Susan and Paul Glatzer
"On December 18, 2011 we attended the concert at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship which featured Alexandria and Friends. It was our first concert at the Fellowship. We experienced one of the most exciting, enjoyable and musically competent concerts we have attended in many years. Alexandria Lee's piano performance was professional, beautiful and electrifying. The individual soloists on the violin, cello, viola and flute displayed outstanding competency. The finale quartet was nothing more than breathtaking. We look forward to attending future concerts." Deanna and Ted Schwartzman
"The concerts are absolutely superb. The performers are first rate and the venue is great. Keep it up!" George
"I've attended two of the concerts, and have to say that I was amazed at their professionalism. The music is wonderful and the atmosphere cozy. I could listen to the string quartet every week-they were magnificent!" Diana
"I just wanted to say that I was so glad I made it to the concert (just in the nick of time!!) because the performance was absolutely wonderful. I commented to another that I wouldn't be surprised if people somewhere, in other venues, etc., pay up to 10 times what we did yesterday to hear such a concert (Clueri Quartet). It was just amazing. Thank you for continuing to bring us such talented artists, at an irresistibly affordable price." Carol Castillo
The Salon is located at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook on Nicolls Road, north of Rt. 347. (Your GPS will know it as 380 Nicolls Road, E. Setauket). For information, call (631)543-0337.
SEASON FIVE CONCERT SCHEDULE
SEPTEMBER 14, 2014
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