David Asher Brown is a rare voice among young, American composers. The Metropolitan Opera’s William Lewis praised him as, “one of the most brilliant music makers it has been my pleasure to serve”. His composition craft innovatively draws on the sounds and techniques of everything from early music and north Indian classical music, to Balinese gamelan, klezmer and jazz. He gives talks for businesses, schools, and organizations about how thinking like a musician can help solve problems and enhance teamwork, leadership, and product quality.
Brown is based out of Los Angeles, California. His musical activities have taken him around the world, including conducting engagements in France and Austria and a composition grant in the Czech Republic. Among his principal past instructors are Morten Lauridsen, Donald Crockett, Frank Ticheli, Erica Muhl, Dan Welcher, Don Grantham, Ladislav Kubik and Stella Sung.
Brown earned his doctorate in music composition at the University of Southern California. In addition to having conducted and coached numerous opera and musical theater productions in the United States and abroad, he regularly conducts several children’s orchestras and guest conducts various college and professional orchestras. He is the founder and director of the Yiddish Music Collective, which works to perform Yiddish-language musical works, many of which have gone unperformed for about a century. He is also the founder and CEO of PianoCub, which offers high-quality online piano instruction.
When not working, Brown loves to cook, travel, and spend time with his beautiful wife, Bonnie.