Carnegie Hall Commissions
David Bruce's biggest critical success to date was the chamber opera Push!, which was commissioned by the Genesis Foundation, premiered by Tête à Tête in London, and toured in the UK in 2006. Push! received great critical acclaim and led to commissions from the Royal Opera House's ROH2 to begin development work on a new chamber opera, as well as from Carnegie Hall for a new piece for soprano, baritone, and ensemble, Piosenki, which was premiered in Weill Recital Hall in April 2007. Ensemble ACJW, the performance group of The Academy—A Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute, is scheduled to perform the piece there in October 2007. Other forthcoming projects include the piano piece Berimbau for Matthew Schellhorn and a five-minute scene for the Opera Group, to be performed in shopping centers around the UK.
Previous commissions include the mini-operas Has It Happened Yet? (2002) for ENO Studios and Tête à Tête; Seven Tons of Dung for Tête à Tête (1999); incidental music to the Trestle Theatre Company's show The Smallest Person (2004); and instrumental pieces for the London Sinfonietta, BBC Symphony Orchestra, New Music Players, and others. Prizes include the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Competition in 1994.
David Bruce began his undergraduate studies in music in 1988 at Nottingham University (composition tutors included Jim Fulkerson and Nicholas Sackman), before moving on to the Royal College of Music (1991-93), where he obtained a master's degree in composition studying with Tim Salter and George Benjamin, and King's College, London (1995-99), where he earned a PhD in composition under the supervision of Sir Harrison Birtwistle.