David C. Janssen

David C. Janssen received his D.M.A. in composition from Boston University, M. M. in Composition from Manhattan School of Music and B. M. in Composition from Oklahoma City University.

David’s list of works includes a wide variety of genres such as piano solo, opera, art song cycle, chamber and orchestral music, including Symphony No. 1, a large romantic symphony incorporating hymns as well as versions of the lamento and circulatio motives.  In 2006, David’s Three Movements for Violin and Violoncello was premiered in Prague in The Concert Hall of the Antonín Dvořák Museum as part of the Czech-American Summer Music Institute. While in Prague David composed his Master’s thesis, The Return of the Son of Man which was premiered by the Manhattan School of Music Composer’s Orchestra in Borden Auditorium the following year.  In the spring of 2012 The Return of the Son of Man was given recognition as an outstanding work in its awarding of semi-finalist in the Professional Division of the national competition “The American Prize in Composition”.  In 2009 David collaborated with Daria Titova to premiere String Quartet No. 1 and the work has been performed several times since its premiere. 

More recent projects include a professional recording of Cantilena in April 2013, with pianist Paul Jacobs and cellist Daria Janssen,  as well as a professional recording of String Quartet No. 1 in June 2014, with violinists Julia Glenn and Bayla Keyes, violist Xi Zhang, and cellist Daria Janssen.  In December 2013, Canterbury Choral Society commissioned David to write a motet The Shepherds and the Angels in the Field which was premiered as part of their annual Christmas concert under choral conductor Randi von Ellefson and the work was well received.  In May 2014, the “Hammers and Strings” trio premiered David’s commissioned work Trio in Christ Church Rochester, New York.
Recent performances include Cantilena for a faculty recital at Bob Jones University by Yuriy Leonovich 2016, Suite for unaccompanied cello 2015 at Middlesex Community College faculty composition recital performed by Daria Janssen, and Piano Sonata No.1, with the composer performing during a Holy Week chapel service at Boston Baptist College, 2016.

Over the years David has studied composition with Richard Danielpour, Edward Knight, Samuel Headrick, J. Mark Stambaugh and Ladislav Kubik.  His additional studies include orchestration with Giampaolo Bracali and theory with David Kopp, Deborah Burton and Ildar Khannanov.  David has collaborated with performers David Gilbert, Daria Titova, Ben Bloomfield, Caroline Chehade, Natia Esartia, Chen Lin, Eunmi Ko, Julia Shulman and Sini Virtanen among others. 

In addition to his creative output, David is an avid music educator who seeks to bring the passion of music to an increasingly broader base.  He has taught courses at Middlesex Community College, Boston University, New Hampshire Institute of Art and Boston Baptist College.  His scholarly interests include the relationship between cross rhythm and number theory as well as contemporary music trends.

 Whereas his contemporary musical influences have been broad, ranging from György Ligeti to John Corigliano, his primary inspiration has come from the music of the common practice period, as well as contemporary film music. 

David is currently working on his second string quartet, and will be recording his orchestra piece The Return of the Son of Man as part of Ablaze record's Orchestral Master's CD which represents an International group of selected compositions for inclusion on the Album.  The recording features the Brno Symphony Orchestra (Czech Republic) with London based Maestro Mikel Toms conducting.  The recording will occur this summer with a projected release worldwide spring 2018.