David Volckhausen received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance from Juilliard and a master’s degree in theory from Manhattan School of Music. His piano teachers have included Ilona Kabos, Eduard Steuermann, and Rudolf Firkusny as well as master classes with Leon Fleischer and Alicia de Larrocha and coaching with members of the Guarneri Quartet. He has performed concertos throughout the eastern U.S., including Pennsylvania and with the Westchester Philharmonic, as well as in Michigan. He has also performed at Carnegie (Weill Recital Hall, where he performed contemporary works of the Latvian composer Arnold Sturms), Lincoln Center, and Merkin Hall; as well as at Yale, Harvard, and Swarthmore. He has performed on educational television, on WNYC radio in New York City, and in Venezuela. He has conducted master classes and given chamber coaching, theory lectures, and performances in Taiwan and has recorded for the Desto label. Among the noted artists with whom he has collaborated are tenor John McCollum, soprano Bernice Bramson, and violinist Beverly Somach. He lectured on the late piano works of Brahms at Baruch College in New York City.
Press: “A very persuasive pianist...” John Rockwell, New York Times
“Schnabel-like” “Shadowed lyricism” Danbury [Connecticut] News Times
“Disarmingly simple pianism”
“Volckhausen, a strong and sensitive pianist, played beautifully poised Mozart.”
Woodstock [New York] Times
Manhattan School of Music faculty since 1980.