David Ohrenstein

david ohrenstein composer
 David began composing as soon as his parents bought a piano, at age eleven.  His passion for melody goes back to his  youth when, at his parents soirees, cantors and friends from eastern European sang into the early hours. The official pianist of the Detroit Symphony, Mischa Kottler, was David’s piano teacher.  A flair for composing and piano performance led David to major in vocational music from Cass Technical High School (honors) in Detroit and a Bachelor and Master of Music degree from Wayne State University.

For 15 years, David worked as an arranger and accompanist with the renown concert violinist and conductor, “Rubinoff and His Violin” with performances in Ohio, Florida, New York, among others.  Rubinoff performed their concert arrangement of songs from the Fiddler on the Roof internationally.  David’s first major composition for the stage (1988) was the ballet Dance of the Zodiac performed in Sarasota by the Florida Ballet Arts Ensemble.

Since 1984, David with his wife, Sharon,  have summered at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House in Deposit, New York where they perform as well as work on musical projects.  Together they have written four full length musicals: Elizabeth of Russia, My Golda, Octavian & Cleopatra, and Three Queens – all have had full productions. (see Stage)  Inspired by their summers at Scott’s, David and Sharon released the instrumental CD, Dancing Near You, to the acclaim of ballroom dancers from around the country. Their Dangerously Near You Argentine tango was performed by champion professional ballroom dancers from South Africa, Martin and Desiree Smith, at a cancer fund raiser for actress Gilda Radnor on public TV.  The CD has 15 stylized dances (waltzes, cha chas, fox trots, bolero… even an Irish jig).

In 2014, David and his arranger wife Sharon created a new patriotic march, Glory and Honor that was performed by the Sarasota Concert Band under the direction of William Barbanera on Memorial Day.  Civil War Re- enactors fired muskets reloaded and fired, again, to performed the gun salutes written into the score.  David and Sharon received a congratulatory letter from Greg Steube of the Florida House of Representatives for this work. In 2015, their newest work We Are One: March and Anthem for the concert band and four part chorus premiered Memorial Day (see links on this website).

His piano pieces have been heard from Canada to Florida.  (News to be posted about exciting pianist Joyce Valentine performing 6 to 8 of his works on the concert stage Jan. 14, 2016.) Wherever he goes, David composes music.  When David and Sharon spent a month on the isle of Roatan (Honduras) performing a cabaret act of Nat King Cole music, he wrote The Roatan Suite for children.  Iguana Farm quickly became a favourite of his piano students and a new arrangement of it for oboe and piano is an audience favourite.  David plays and composes for the chamber ensemble WindSong 5 – woodwind trio , piano and soprano.  (see Music)

For his seventh year (2015-2016) , David will play six nights a week at the five star Gasparilla Inn on the isle of Boca Grande. There, he frequently plays for American presidents and their families, movie stars and even dignitaries from the House of Lords in London.  David and Sharon make their home in Sarasota Florida and have three grown children.

 

 

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