David Reffkin is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He is a violinist and has played in concert and theater pit orchestras, chamber groups, and as a soloist around the country and in Canada. His many performing activities included four years as first violinist with the New England Ragtime Ensemble (conducted by Gunther Schuller), as a founder and co-director of the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, where he directed the All-Star Orchestra for ten years.
He appears on numerous of recordings either as a soloist or ensemble member. Among these recordings are as the \"fiddler\" with Doc Severinsen. For 12 years he led a trio in a major hotel, performing the salon music of the turn of the century, just as it was during the original era.
Since 1981 David has been the producer and host of \"The Ragtime Machine\" (\"Music from the concert halls and barrooms of America\"), a weekly program of ragtime music, news and interviews, on KUSF-FM, San Francisco. This long-running program is the only one of its type in the world. He also produces classical radio programs, and a series of programs wherein he interviews important researchers in astrophysics (another of his passions).
David is also contributing editor of, and reviewer for, The Mississippi Rag, the leading journal of ragtime and traditional jazz. He is often consulted on ragtime-related projects as a contributor, draft reviewer, and proofreader for books and articles written by the country\'s leading authors on the subject.