Both critics and other artists have recognized David Gaines (b. 1961) for his imaginative orchestrations and uniquely international and eclectic style. His music, which has been performed across the United States and Europe, includes two symphonies, concertos for baritone saxophone, trombone, and euphonium, plus a variety of chamber, choral, and electronic music, and is published by Verda Stelo Music (ASCAP). Recordings are available in compact disc and digital download formats on the Navona Records, MMC Recordings, and Verda Stelo Music labels.
A graduate of Northwestern University, American University, and Johns Hopkins University's Peabody Conservatory of Music (where he earned a doctoral degree in composition), Dr. Gaines studied with M. William Karlins, Stephen Syverud, Jerzy Sapieyevski, Jean Eichelberger Ivey, and Robert Sirota. An annual ASCAPlus recipient since 2000 , he won first prize in the 1997 College Music Society Mid Atlantic Chapter Student Composers Competition and first prize in the song division of the World Esperanto Association's 1995 International Fine Arts Competition. In 2010, the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Competition selected Gaines’ Jubilee for euphonium and piano as one of the required semifinal round compositions.
Recent performances include the Esperanto choral composition Povas Plori Mi Ne Plu in Saint-Nazaire, France; The Lion Of Panjshir (Symphony No. 2) at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore; the Euphonium Concerto (piano reduction) at George Mason University; Duo for flute and tuba at the University of Nebraska at Kearney; Lyric Fanfare for trombone and piano at Southwestern University (Texas), the University of Oregon, and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan; and a new trombone concerto for Robert Kozánek (principal trombonist, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra) in Kromeříž, Czech Republic, commissioned for the 60th anniversary of the P. J. Vejvanovský Conservatory