Elizabeth Wallfisch

David Breitman is equally at home with the fortepiano and the modern piano, and in the roles of soloist and collaborator.

His collaboration with baritone Sanford Sylvan spans more than thirty years, with several hundred recitals and four CD's, ranging from Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin, to the premiere recording of The Glass Hammer, a major song cycle by the Cuban•American composer Jorge Martin. Their other recordings, "Beloved that Pilgrimage" (three 20th century song cycles), and an all Fauré disc were both nominated for Grammy awards.

Recent concert seasons have included performances of Beethoven's Fourth Concerto on both historical (Tuscaloosa, Alabama) and modern pianos (Carmel, California); as well as sonatas and trios at Hatchlands (Surrey, UK), home of the renowned Cobbe Collection of historical instruments.

In a collaboration of a different sort, Breitman is one of seven fortepianists who share a complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle. The team has presented the series in New York City, Florence, and Palermo and the 10 CD set on CLAVES has been extraordinarily well received.

A Montréal native, Mr. Breitman now teaches at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, where he directs the Historical Performance program. While on sabbatical in 2009-2010, he co-taught a graduate seminar at l'Université de Montréal exploring the use of historical keyboard instruments as a research tool for advanced pianists, and served as a visiting lecturer in Performance Practice at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington.