David Macbride has written numerous works, ranging from solo and chamber to orchestral music, with particular emphasis on music for percussion. His works have been performed extensively in the United States and abroad: notable performance include the Hartford Symphony, the Arditti String Quartet, League ISCM, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, World Saxophone Congress, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A recent work, Percussion Park, is a musical landscape where the audience is invited to freely roam the performance site in search of the music.
Commissions include The Roberts Foundation New Works Initiative, Chamber Music America, and the Concert Artists Guild. Solo CDs entitled Conundrum: The Percussion Music of David Macbride featuring Benjamin Toth and In Common: Duets by David Macbride are on the Innova Recordings label. David Macbride: A Composer’s Journey with the Poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca is available on Albany Records, as is In Passing: Solo Piano Music, composed and performed by the composer.
Macbride has been extremely active in bringing diverse musics to the Greater Hartford community, having produced numerous events in Elizabeth Park and other venues over the past fifteen years. He regularly performs in schools and senior citizen homes, and received a 2001 University of Hartford Community Service Award in recognition of his contributions.
As a pianist, Macbride was invited to give a recital tour of Peru by the Instituto Cultural Peruano NorteAmericano, and has performed recitals in Spain and Mexico as well. Macbride is Professor of Composition and Music Theory at the Hartt School, University of Hartford.