Biography

Composer David Martynuik's music has been performed across the United States and in Asia. His most recent collaborations have included composing music for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Dance Company fall 2018 production of “Henri Rousseau: Tales of the Tropics."  The Barkada Saxophone Quartet (grand prize winners of the 2013 Fischoff Chamber Music competition) premiered his “Alta Vita,” Quintet for piano and saxophones in November 2016 with pianist Anastasia Antonacos. Other recent compositions include Slablóblian Folk Suite for the Eastern Standard Trio, Three Bagatelles for clarinet, horn and piano, Silva Noctis, sonata for cello and piano, and the completion of The Garden of Life  (texts by Louise Glück) for mezzo soprano Jessica Renfro. In 2012 his Circulo de tiempo (texts by Antonio Machado) for choir, flute, cello, and harp was premiered by the Rowan University Concert Choir under the direction of Christopher B. Thomas. His “Songs of Memory and Imagery,” based on texts by Rita Dove, are available from Ludwig Masters Inc.

Opportunities for composing for film included music for the MLB production of “Intersecting Sparks.” The film was a Silver Winner at the 2013 Davey Awards, received a recognition of excellence at the 2014 National Broadcasting Society Convention in Hollywood, CA, selected for the 2015 National Communications Association Film Festival and has been shown on PBS stations throughout the country.  In 2013 the Pittsburgh-based Unseam’d Shakespeare Company commissioned six songs for their production of the Davenant and Dryden production of “The Tempest.” In a review of the performance, one of the songs for Ariel was “not only humorous but somehow sublime” (entertainmentcentralpittsburgh.com 6/15/2013). In addition he provided music for the fall 2015 Theatre-in-the-Grove production of Qui Nguyen’s “She Kills Monsters."

 

Recently completed "Canzona III" for trombone octet was premiered in April 2019 by the University of Delaware Trombone Choir under the direction of Bruce Tychinski.  He is currently at work on a ballet score based on imagery of the cosmos entitled "Stargazer."  In addition he is working on a short film centered on music from Slablóblia.

Having studied composition with John Boda at Florida State University and Evan Chambers at the University of Michigan, Dr. Martynuik has been an associate professor of music at Indiana University of Pennsylvania since 2001 where he teaches theory, composition, and orchestration.