David Teie

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    IT'S NSO INSPIRING! Mozart's Requiem (Mar. 7-9)


David Teie is one of the third generation of musicians in his family. He grew up as a singer and began studying composition when he was seventeen, but dedicated most of his life to the cello. He studied the cello with Stephen Kates and Berl Senofsky at the Peabody Conservatory, where he received bachelor's and master's degrees and the Wertheimer award for cellists; he also studied with William Pleeth in London on a Fulbright scholarship.  He joined the National Symphony in 1984 and played fifteen concerto performances with Music Director Mstislav Rostropovich conducting the National Symphony, including performances on three U.S. tours.  He spent the 1999 - 2000 season as acting principal cellist of the San Francisco Symphony. He is presently the principal cello instructor at the University of Maryland. Mr. Teie returned to composition in his thirties, studying with John Corigliano. He wrote the string music for the CD by Echobrain founded by Jason Newsted, Metallica's former bassist, the NSO commissioned and premiered his Fuga Eroica, and Teie performed his Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra with the Anchorage Symphony. His flute concerto was premiered in 2010 with the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, of which he was recently named Music Director of that orchestra. His research involving music and cognition has led to a number of published articles in premier publications including Biology Letters of the Royal Society and a chapter in the Oxford University Press book Evolution of Emotional Communication that contains the only comprehensive theory of the origins and affective processes of music that has passed peer review. His research led to invitations to speak at the 11th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition and the Washington Academy of Sciences. His species-specific music, the first and only music that has elicited appropriate responses from another species in a controlled study, was listed as the New York Times #1 idea of the year in 2009. In March a study showing that cats prefer his music for cats to human music was published in Applied Animal Behavior Science.
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