David Fulmer


A leader in his generation of composer-perfomers, David Fulmer has garnered numerous international accolades for his bold compositional aesthetic and thrilling performances as composer, violinist, and conductor.

The success of his award-winning Violin Concerto at Lincoln Center in 2010 earned international attention and resulted in immediate engagement to perform the work with major orchestras and at festivals in the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, and Australia. Fulmer made his European debut performing and recording his concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Matthias Pintscher in 2011. That same year, Fulmer made his debut at Tanglewood appearing with the work. A surge of new commissions have led to recent and upcoming performances by the Berlin Philharmonic, Ensemble Intercontemporain, New York Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. A new violin concerto for Stefan Jackiw commissioned by the Musikfestival Heidelberger Frühling and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus was premiered this season. Other recent commissions include Carnegie Hall, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Salzburg Foundation, Concert Artists Guild, BMI Foundation, Washington Performing Arts, and the Fromm Music Foundation. A new work especially commissioned for cellist Jay Campbell will be premiered this spring at The Kennedy Center, followed by the premiere of another one of Fulmer's new works, within his bending sickle's compass come, commissioned by the Ensemble Intercontemporain.

Fulmer recently led the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Elision Ensemble, Sydney Conservatorium Modern Music Ensemble, and numerous ensembles and orchestras throughout the United States and Europe. He has led the International Contemporary Ensemble on the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Green Umbrella series at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and also at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival. He was recently the recipient of both the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Carlos Surinach Commissioning Award from BMI in 2013. He is the first American recipient of the Grand Prize at the International Edvard Grieg Competition for Composers. He also has received the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, the BMI Composer Award, and the Charles Ives Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Other honors and awards include a special citation from the Minister of Education of Brazil for Fulmer’s series of lectures on music, the Hannah Komanoff Scholarship in Composition, the Dorothy Hill Klotzman Grant from The Juilliard School, and the highly coveted George Whitefield Chadwick Gold Medal from the New England Conservatory. Fulmer recently graduated from The Juilliard School where he received his doctorate, having studied composition with Milton Babbitt and violin with Robert Mann. In 2009, he was appointed to the faculty of Columbia University.

Fulmer appears regularly and records often with the premiere new music ensembles including the International Contemporary Ensemble, Argento New Music Project, Speculum Musicae, the Group for Contemporary Music, and the New York New Music Ensemble. He has appeared recently on the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center, Live from Lincoln Center broadcasts, and the Center’s annual festivals. His large-scale, hour-long cycle for saxophone and ensemble was released last season on the Tzadik label, featuring Eliot Gattegno, and the Argento Ensemble with the composer as conductor.