David Starobin

Guitar (College)

David Starobin is the dedicatee of more than 300 compositions featuring the guitar, including works by Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Poul Ruders, and Gunther Schuller. A frequently honored figure, Starobin has been called “arguably the most influential American classical guitarist of the 20th century” (Soundboard) and was inducted into the Guitar Foundation of America’s Hall of Fame in 2011. David Starobin concertizes and records on both period and modern guitars, often championing the music of 19th-century guitar masters Giuliani, Sor, Matiegka, and Regondi. Starobin has received Grammy nominations as guitarist, mandolinist, and Classical Producer of the Year. He is Founder and Director of Artists & Repertoire at Bridge Records, Inc., a company which has been honored with 32 Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations. Starobin is the colibrettist of the opera The Thirteenth Child (music by Poul Ruders) and writer/director of the film String Trio, Los Angeles 1946, a documentary about Arnold Schoenberg, filmed in the composer’s Los Angeles home. Starobin has taught at MSM since 1993, holding the School’s Andres Segovia Chair from 1993 to 2004. He is also the holder of the Fondation Charidu Chair in Guitar Studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he cofounded Curtis’s guitar department. David Starobin is a student of guitarists Manuel Gayol, Alberto Valdes Blain, and Aaron Shearer and graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. His musical compositions are published by Editions New Rochelle (New York) and Edition Wilhelm Hansen (Copenhagen).