David Brickman

David Brickman

Associate Professor of Graduate Orchestral Repertory (Violin), part time



Violinist David Brickman is known for his great versatility and for his dramatic, highly personal interpretations of the solo and chamber music repertoire. The Democrat and Chronicle wrote of his performance of Saint-Saens’ Violin Concerto No. 3 with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, “[Brickman] amplified Saint-Saens’ familiar melodies with lyrical–at times magical–insights. His thoughtful probing went beyond saccharine sentimentality. He extracted soulfulness and nobility from the music….” In 2001, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra commissioned composer Marek Harris to write a work for solo violin and orchestra for Mr. Brickman. New Angels was premiered in May of 2002 to an enthusiastic and sold-out house. A second performance is scheduled with conductor Peter Bay and the Austin Symphony Orchestra in November, 2005.

Mr. Brickman is a founding member of the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble, now in its thirteenth season of touring New York State. In addition to presenting the standard recital and chamber music repertoire, the FLCE has given world premieres of works by composers whom it has commissioned and who have won its biannual New Music Competition. Mr. Brickman is a longtime favorite of audiences and critics at the Skaneateles Music Festival, where he has performed Bach’s Concerto in D minor for two violins with violinist Hilary Hahn, worked with pianist Diane Walsh, guitarist Eliot Fisk, members of the Emerson String Quartet, and led the Skaneateles Festival Orchestra in a program of works by Bach. His collaborations with pianist Jon Nakamatsu began in 2003 with performances of works by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Dvorak for Chamber Music Rochester.

Mr. Brickman’s diverse musical interests are reflected in his recordings and recent projects. He has recorded several works of contemporary American chamber music for the Milken Foundation, which are slated to be released on the Naxos Label. He is a featured soloist on the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s 75th Anniversary CD, performing an arrangement of Vernon Duke’s jazz standard Autumn in New York written for him by Jeff Tyzik, one of today’s leading arrangers and pops conductors. Mr. Brickman is himself a skilled arranger; he recently performed Elgar’s Suite, his own orchestration of four short works originally for violin and piano.

Mr. Brickman’s studies began in Schenectady, New York with Lois Lyman and culminated in travel to Zurich to play for the legendary violinist Nathan Milstein. His other major teachers are Joseph Gingold, Franco Gulli and Charles Castleman. A lifelong fascination with baroque performance practice was sparked by studying the baroque violin with Stanley Ritchie at Indiana University’s celebrated Early Music Institute. An Associate Professor at the Eastman School of Music, Mr. Brickman prepares graduate students for orchestral careers. He has given master classes at the Brevard Music Festival, Duke University, and the University of Miami. He resides in Rochester, New York with wife, violinist Patricia Sunwoo and his eight-year-old daughter Claire.