David Starobin

b. 1951



David Starobin was recently called by "Soundboard Magzine "arguably the
most influential American classical guitarist of the twentieth century."
Composers including Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Per Norgard, Milton
Babbitt, Poul Ruders, and Karl Aage Rasmussen have dedicated new works
to him, producing a repertoire of more than 350 new scores. Starobin has
performed these works throughout the world, collaborating with
ensembles including The New York Philharmonic, National Symphony, San
Francisco Symphony, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Danish
Radio Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra and the Emerson and Guarneri

David Starobin began his guitar studies at age 7. While a student at
Peabody Conservatory, Starobin worked closely with pianist Leon
Fleisher, and was a frequent participant in the Marlboro Music Festival.
Among Starobin's honors are a Harvard University Fromm Grant, for "his
commitment to the music of our time"; Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher
Grant; ASCAP's Deems Taylor Award, and Peabody Conservatory's
"Distinguished Alumni Award". Starobin currently holds the "Fondation
Charidu Chair" of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Between
1993 and 2004, Starobin held the "Andres Segovia Chair" at the
Manhattan School where he also currently teaches. In 1981, David
Starobin founded the record label, Bridge Records, Inc., which he served
as President until 2005. He is currently Director of Artists and
Repertoire at Bridge. Starobin's work for Bridge as performer, producer
and executive producer has earned three Grammy awards and twenty-two
Grammy nominations.