David Post was born in New York City and holds degrees from the University of Chicago, the New School for Social Research and Brandeis University. He started musical training early, studying ‘cello with Samuel Reiner and Charles Forbes and composition with Charles Whittenberg and later Ralph Shapey at the University of Chicago. He pursued further study with Larry Bell and Lukas Foss.
His music has received wide exposure on radio and in the concert hall, and his Fourth String Quartet was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in music. His orchestral and chamber works have been played and recorded by international organizations including the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Moravian Philharmonic, the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra and the Salem Philharmonic, among others.
Writing in Fanfare magazine, William Zagorski termed his English Horn Concerto “…a tonal and unabashedly lyrical concerto, resulting in a piece that is able to stand beside Richard Strauss’s and Ralph Vaughan William’s essays for oboe and orchestra.” Zagorski termed his First String Quartet “a fine work–rigorously constructed and free of gratuitous effects. Here he takes the listener into the realm of intensely human communication.”
He has received numerous commissions from groups and individuals, including the Aiolos Collective, the Terezin Music Foundation, the Martinu Quartet, the Fenimore Quartet, the Hawthorne String Quartet and many others.
Post’s scores are published by Editions Bim, Switzerland and MMB Music, St. Louis, MO. Naxos Records, MMC Recordings, Turquoise Bee Productions and West Virginia University Sound Recordings, Inc. produce his commercial CDs.