Composer David Garner (b. 1954) is well known and often performed in the San Francisco Bay Area. As Janos Gereben of the San Francisco Classical Voice states: “Bottom line: It's the kind of new music you want to hear again.”


Garner has taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 1979. He held the chair of the Musicianship and Theory Department for 16 years. He was awarded the 1997 Sarlo Family Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award, and was nominated for a 2013 American Academy of Arts and Letters award in music, and was a finalist for the 2014 American Prize in Composition.

The last three years have seen several critically-acclaimed premieres: "Vilna Poems", for soprano, clarinet, cello and piano (released on the Pentatone Classics CD, "The Hours Begin to Sing"), String Quartet No. 2, premiered by the Han Quartet for the San Francisco-Shanghai International Chamber Music Festival, two song-cycles based on Holocaust era poetry, and "Six Persian Songs," with soprano Raeeka Shehabi-Yaghmai and the Redwood Symphony, conducted by Erik Kujawsky.

Garner has completed "Mary Pleasant at Land's End", a two-act opera commissioned by Opera Parallele. Set in the 1880's San Francisco Barbary Coast, with libretto by Mark Hernandez, it promises to be a vital and compelling new work. Excerpts will be performed in April, 2016, a workshop of the enitre opera later in the year, with a first-run performance slated for 2017.

Due out Fall of 2015 is Pentatone Classics' CD , "December Celebration", featuring Garner's Three Carols, recorded by Lisa Delan, Lester Lynch, members of VOLTI, and the New Century Chamber Orchestra.

"Surviving: Women's Voices", a CD released by Centaur Records, features four Holocaust ear poetry song cycles commissioned by the Jewish Music and Poetry Project, recorded by Nanette McGuinness, Dale Tsang, and Adaiha MacAdam-Somer.

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Recent Works:

Mary Pleasant at Land's End (Opera in 2 acts, premiere 2017) (2015)
Three Carols (December Songs CD by Pentatone Classics, 2015)
Capriccio for cello and piano (2015)
String Quartet No. 2 (2014)
Vilna Poems, for soprano, clarinet, cello and piano (2013)