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Name David Cutler
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Date of birth 04/08/1971
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Profile DAVID CUTLER is a multi-dimensional composer who listens voraciously to a colossal range of musical styles. His enormously eclectic output reflects this large musical world, with a vocabulary that ranges from beautiful, lyrical, tonal realms to unusual sounds, dissonant clashes, and bizarre juxtapositions. All of his works attempt to connect with the people who listen, though much of it pushes musical and performance boundaries, aiming to challenge as well as delight. Cutler’s compositions have been commissioned and performed by ensembles and artists such as the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Classical Orchestra of Milan, Repertory Symphony Orchestra, LAVIE Singers, Korean Chamber Ensemble, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Airmen of Note Air Force Big Band, Eastman Studio Orchestra, singer Nancy Wilson, harpist Jung, and saxophonists Benny Golson and Jim Houlik. His music has often interfaced with dance, film, actors, costumes, stage design, and visual artists.

Cutler studied piano at the University of Miami (BM), composition at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Austria, jazz arranging and composition at the Eastman School of Music (MM), and composition at Indiana University (DM). In addition to composing, he is active as a pianist, arranger, conductor, writer, and educator. In 2002, he became a contributing author to Jazz Styles, eighth edition, the top selling jazz history textbook in the country, published by Prentice-Hall, and he is presently working on an orchestration text for the same publisher. He was chair of the composition program at the Brevard Summer Music Festival (2000-2004), and has served on the faculty of Duquesne University since 2000.