Jewish Music & Poetry Project

Poets & Musicians

David Garner, composer

   Well-known and often performed, composer David Garner’s body of work reflects his historical knowledge, theatrical flair and humor. Garner has been creating uniquely beautiful works for over 30 years.

With the July 2009 release of Phenomenon,the newest CD of Garner’s music, interest in his music continues to build. Works in progress include the ongoing Persian Melody Project with mezzo-soprano Raeeka Shehabi-Yaghmai, a song-cycle on original poems by bass Gregory Stapp, a second string quartet, and a multimedia metal-fusion show in collaboration with singer/dancer Crystal Philippi.

Recent career highlights include the May 21st, 2010 performance of Phenomenal Woman, for Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Picasso Quartet’s 2008 premiere of his first String Quartet, the premiere of Seis Capriches de Garcia Lorca in New York (2007), followed by a performance in Costa Rica with tenor Manuel Marin, as part of Berlin’s Ibero-American Institute’s “Federico García Lorca Project;” the premiere of the Piano Trio and First String Quartet in San Francisco (written for the Picasso Quartet); and the 2008 premiere of his arrangements of six traditional Persian songs with the Oakland East Bay Symphony and Michael Morgan, in collaboration with Iranian-American mezzo-soprano Raeeka Shehabi-Yaghmai—a work described as “alluring” and as “a heady and touching revelation,” by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Garner has taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 1979.  He held the Chair of the Department of Musicianship and Music Theory from 1984-1999 and received the George Sarlo Family Foundation Outstanding Professor Award in 1997.He studied piano with Virginia Danforth, Beatrice Beauregard, and Nathan Schwartz, and cello with Priscilla Parsons and Roman Dukson.

Garner is a member of Broadcast Music, Inc.