David L. Post was born in New York City and holds degrees from the University of Chicago, the New School for Social Research and Brandeis University. He started musical training early, studying ‘cello with Samuel Reiner and Charles Forbes and composition with Charles Whittenberg and later with Ralph Shapey at the University of Chicago. He pursued further study with Larry Bell and Lukas Foss.
For several years, he was a participant in the Chamber Music Conference and Composers Forum of the East at Bennington College. He is a consultant and contributing music editor for Dover Publications and is also a practicing clinical psychologist.
Recent honors have included several ASCAP awards and a First Prize in the New England Reed Trio Composition Competition. His music has received wide exposure on WGBH radio in Boston and WNYC in New York City and his Fourth String Quartet was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in music. His orchestral and chamber works have been played and recorded by international organizations including the Czech Radio Symphony orchestra, the Moravian Philharmonic and Salem Philharmonic, among others.
Writing in Fanfare magazine, William Zagorski termed his English Horn Concerto “…a tonal and unabashedly lyrical concerto, resulting in a piece that is able to stand beside Richard Strauss’s and Ralph Vaughan Williams’s essays for oboe and orchestra.” Zagorski termed his First Quartet “a fine work—rigorously constructed and free of gratuitous effects. Here he takes the listener into the realm of intensely human communication.”
He has received numerous commissions from many groups and individuals, including the Aiolos Collective, an international group of wind players, the Terezin Music Foundation, and the Martinu Quartet, which premiered his Second String Quartet at the Prague Contemporary Music Festival in April 2002. That work, as well as several others has been championed and recorded by the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Hawthorne Quartet on the Naxos label.
His Variations and Fugue on a Bach-Busoni Chorale was premiered to critical acclaim by noted pianist Simone Dinnerstein in March 2007 at the Philadelphia Bach Festival. His Piano Quintet was premiered by Ms. Dinnerstein and the Hawthorne String Quartet in March, 2008. Recently, his Fantasia on a Virtual Chorale was premiered in its string orchestra version by members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
“The Day of Light”, a choral commission from the Terezin Music Foundation was taken up by the noted Boston Children’s Chorus for their 2015 European Tour, and received its US premiere at Symphony Hall in October 2015.
David Post’s scores are published by Editions Bim, Switzerland and MMB Music, St. Louis, MO. Naxos Records, MMC Recordings, Turquoise Bee Productions and West Virginia University Sound Recordings, Inc. produce his commercial CDs.
His first novel, Nothing to See Here was published in 2007.