David Bruce's biggest critical success to date was the chamber opera Push! which was commissioned by the Genesis Foundation and premiered by Tête à Tête in London and on tour in the UK in 2006. Push! received extrordinary levels of critical acclaim
and led to commissions from the Royal Opera House's ROH2 to begin development work on a new chamber opera, as well as from Carnegie Hall for a new piece for soprano, baritone and ensemble, to be premiered there in April 2007.
Previous commissions include the mini-operas, Has it Happened Yet? (2002) for ENO Studios and Tête à Tête; Seven Tons of Dung for Tête à Tête (1999); incidental music to the Trestle Theatre Company's show The Smallest Person (2004); and instrumental pieces for the London Sinfonietta, BBC Symphony Orchestra, New Music Players and others. Prizes include the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Competition in 1994.
David Bruce began his undergraduate studies in music in 1988 at Nottingham University (composition tutors included Jim Fulkerson and Nicholas Sackman), before moving on to the Royal College of Music (1991-3) where he obtained a Masters Degree in Composition, studying with Tim Salter and George Benjamin; and a PhD in Composition at King's College, London (1995-9), under the supervision of Sir Harrison Birtwistle.
Complementing his work as a composer, David runs the music and technology company Red Balloon Technology Ltd whose sites include the popular sheet music site 8notes.com
, the melody search engine Tunespotting.com
and the composers' site CompositionToday