Author Archives: David Salvage

Biography (Scorrere verso il basso per la versione italiana.)

David Salvage (b. 1978) is an American composer and pianist who lives in Bologna, Italy. Born into a family of non-musicians, at age four he asked his parents for a piano, a wish that was granted on the condition that he take lessons for five years. Instead, he took them for fifteen years, along the way developing an interest in composition, winning local and national competitions as a pianist and composer, becoming one of the first pianists selected for the Perlman Music Program, and winning a scholarship to Harvard University, where he shifted his focus to composition. He continued his studies at Manhattan School of Music and the City University of New York, earned his Ph.D. with a dissertation on Gyorgy Kurtàg, and went into academia full-time, teaching music theory and history. A lifelong Europhile, when the opportunity arose to live abroad for a while, he took it, and now he is a dual citizen of Italy and the United States. He has composed for orchestra, film, choir, and ensembles of all kinds and has received over a hundred performances at venues ranging from the Juilliard School to the British Institute of Florence. His music can be as familiar as songs you’ve heard a thousand times or as strange as the latest musical novelty. What he strives for is not so much stylistic consistency as a faithfulness to human experience in all its variety. He enjoys reading, commiserating about current events with his wife, and playing backgammon with his children. His music can also be heard on Navona Records and his website, His music is published by Universal Edition Vienna.

Versione italiana —

David Salvage (1978) è un compositore e pianista statunitense che abita a Bologna. Nato in una famiglia estranea alla musica, all’età di quattro anni ha chiesto un pianoforte ai genitori, un desiderio che è stato esaudito a condizione che prendesse lezioni per cinque anni. Le ha seguite invece per quindici anni, e lungo il percorso ha sviluppato un particolare interesse per la composizione, ha vinto premi regionali e nazionali come pianista e compositore, E’ diventato uno dei primi giovani pianisti scelti per il Perlman Music Program, e ha vinto una borsa di studio alla Harvard University, per poi decidere di concentrarsi sulla composizione. Ha continuato i suoi studi presso la Manhattan School of Music e la City University of New York, ha conseguito il dottorato di ricerca con una tesi su Gyorgy Kurtàg, e ha trovato lavoro nell’ateneo insegnando a tempo pieno storia della musica e teoria musicale. Filoeuropeo da sempre, ha colto l’opportunità di trasferirsi all’estero per un po’ quando questa gli si è presentata e ora possiede la doppia cittadinanza statunitense e italiana. Ha composto musica per orchestra, film, coro e insiemi di diversi generi e le sue opere hanno ricevuto più di cento esecuzioni in sedi come la Juilliard School e il British Institute of Florence. La sua musica può essere familiare come una canzone ascoltata mille volte o strana come quella curiosità  musicale più recente. Si preoccupa più di una fedeltà all’esperienza umana in tutta la sua varietà  che di una consistenza stilistica. Gli piace leggere, commiserarsi davanti alle notizie dal mondo con la moglie e giocare a backgammon con i suoi figli. La sua musica può essere ascoltata anche su Navona Records e sul suo sito web, La sua musica è pubblicata da Universal Edition Vienna.

Persichetti Realizations “Third Relations (3-2)”

Albumleaf 191: Winter 2022 (Bologna)

Moments from Proust VI. “O sole mio”

Albumleaf 190: May 18, 2022 (Bologna) For I felt myself to be alone; things had become alien to me; I no longer had calm enough to break out of my throbbing heart and introduce into them a measure of stability. The town before me had ceased to be Venice . . . I could no […]

“I Am Really Thinking about Ukraine”

Albumleaf 189: February 27, 2022 (Bologna) The chorale melody and bassline are by Vincent Persichetti.

Moments from Proust V. “Mon chéri Marcel”

Albumleaf 188: February 2, 2022 (Bologna) There are people whose faces assume an unaccustomed beauty and majesty the moment they cease to look out of their eyes. I would run my eyes over [Albertine], stretched out below me. From time to time a slight, unaccountable tremor ran through her, as the leaves of a tree […]

“Piece with a New Pencil”

Albumleaf 187: December 27, 2021 (Bologna)

Moments from Proust IV

“The Baron Laughs and Françoise Starts Again” Albumleaf 186: December 3, 2021 (Bologna) M. de Charlus, with a tolerant, genial, insolent smile, replied: “Why, that’s not of the slightest importance, here!” And he gave a little laugh that was all his own–a laugh that came down to him probably from some Bavarian or Lorraine grandmother, […]

“Fast Horns”

Albumleaf 185: October 19, 2021 (Bologna)


An hour-long disc of my piano compositions inspired by Bologna now out from Deux-Elles Records. For purchase here and streaming on all the platforms You can also purchase a signed copy directly from me. See the SCORES page for my contact information. Meantime, enjoy the music video we filmed last January here in Bologna!

“Two Draughts from Lago Lambin”

Albumleaf 184: September 10, 2021 (Bologna)

Moments from Proust. III. “Saint-Loup’s Watch”

Albumleaf 183: August 20, 2021 (Bologna) I heard the tick of Saint-Loup’s watch, which could not be far away. The tick changed place every moment, for I could not see the watch; it seemed to come from behind, from in front of me, from my right, from my left; sometimes to die away as though […]