David Skidmore is active as both a performer and composer of music for percussion. David is a member of Ensemble ACJW, Third Coast Percussion, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Ensemble XII, and the Signal Contemporary Ensemble. He is a dedicated advocate for the music of our time, having commissioned, premiered, and performed dozens of new works by many of the great composers of the 20th and 21st century. David has been featured as a soloist with the Royal Academy of Music Orchestra in London, the Pacific Soundings series in Sapporo, Japan, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and the Chicago Civic Orchestra LaSalle Bank Chamber Music Series. As a chamber musician, David has performed for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Music on the Edge series in Pittsburgh, the Cleveland Art Museum Concert Series, June in Buffalo, Klangspuren Schwaz, the Philharmonie Essen, the Ojai Music Festival, the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the Bang On a Can Marathon, the Princeton Composers' Ensemble, and at three Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. He has performed with So Percussion, Contempo (the University of Chicago Contemporary Chamber Players), and the Collide Trio. David has played under such conductors as Pierre Boulez, Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, David Robertson, Peter Eötvös, and Michael Tilson Thomas. David has also performed as a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Pacific Music Festival, the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, and the National Repertory Orchestra.
David's compositions are performed regularly in concert halls and universities across the country. Two of David's pieces were performed in November 2007 at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, including the premiere of a new work for the Florida State University Percussion Ensemble. In May of 2007 his piece, "Unknown Kind", was premiered at Carnegie Hall. He has received commissions from Michael Burritt, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Mark Ford, Dr. John Parks, the Spindrift Percussion Quartet, and Peter Martin. He was awarded 1st prize in the 2005 Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest and 2nd prize in the 2004 contest. His piece "Whispers – for 9 Percussionists" was a finalist for an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award in 2005, and has been recorded by the Northwestern University Percussion Ensemble. David's music for percussion is published by Keyboard Percussion Publications, and is available for purchase online here.
David received the Bachelor of Music degree from the Northwestern University School of Music and the Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music. His teachers have included Robert Van Sice, Michael Burritt, James Ross, Paul Wertico, and Michael Hernandez.