Composer David Federman to conduct Rosewood as New Music Director

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Rosewood is delighted to welcome Toronto-based composer David Federman as our new Music Director starting January 7, 2019. In his primary role of composing and conducting for screen media, Federman has had the opportunity to work with some of the best musicians in the world.

Yet, early music remains dear to him, which he demonstrated when he led the consort in a lively reading of Cipriano de Rore’s “Da le belle contrade d’oriente” during his audition. He also plays the Baroque violin, viola da gamba, and all sizes of recorder in several amateur groups that specialize in Renaissance and Baroque music.

Federman holds a Master of Music degree from Berklee College of Music in Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games, but it was his studies in musicology at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music, that he credits for thoroughly cultivating his love of early music. He received training from many specialists who spared no details on the nuances of historical performance practice and exposed him to a diverse array of early music, ranging from solo repertoire to works for chamber orchestra.

He feels the most critical element of music leadership is engendering a safe and healthy playing environment.

Of his new position, Federman states, “It is my hope that I can continue the great work that Maestro Potvin has accomplished over the past four years. I look forward to an ambitious season ahead as we play our way through history.”

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