David Wakefield

Instrumental Focus

  • horn

Programs Taught

  • Artist-Faculty Emeritus

David Wakefield , an Aspen Music Festival and School student in 1969 and 1970, joined the American Brass Quintet while at The Juilliard School. He became an Aspen artist-faculty member in 1976. In 1987 he joined the Juilliard faculty and from 1995-2000 was Associate Dean. With the Quintet, Mr. Wakefield has toured worldwide and was one of the first American musicians invited to teach and perform in the People's Republic of China after the Cultural Revolution. As principal horn of the Little Orchestra Society he has performed with the New York and Vienna philharmonics, New York City Ballet, New York City and Metropolitan Opera Orchestras, Orchestra of St. Luke's, and the Opera Orchestra of New York. He has premiered more than 250 new works with the American Composers Orchestra, Parnassus, New Music Consort, and the American Brass Quintet working with composers Robert Beaser, Luciano Berio, Elliott Carter, John Corigliano, Mario Davidovsky, Jacob Druckman, Eric Ewazen, David Sampson, Joan Tower, Virgil Thomson, and Melinda Wagner. Mr. Wakefield presented master classes at Rome's Academy of St. Cecilia from 1991-93 and is the author of A Comprehensive Survey of Orchestral Excerpt Books for Horn. He is on the horn and chamber music faculties at Juilliard.