Author Archives: David Salvage

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

David Salvage is an American pianist and composer. His music has been called “elegant [and] smartly realized” (Sequenza21) and “refreshingly eclectic” (American Record Guide). He has composed for film, orchestra, chorus, and a wide variety of ensembles and has concertized in Europe and the United States, including at the Harvard Club of NYC, the Bologna Estate Festival, and numerous American universities. This past year he performed at the Alliance Française di Bologna and the British Institute of Florence; in January 2020 he will perform for the first time in public a program of piano improvisations at Camera a Sud (Bologna). His music has been performed at venues including Juilliard and the Eastman School of Music, as well as on National Public Radio and the Cinequest Film Festival (San Jose, California). He has won prizes from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, the Society for New Music (USA), and the Music Teachers National Association and has earned him residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts (Florence Program) and the Conservatoire Americain in Fontainebleau, France. In the 1990s, he was one of the first pianists selected to participate in the prestigious Perlman Music Program. He continued his studies at Harvard University, where he majored in music, and went on to earn additional degrees from Manhattan School of Music and The City University of New York. He studied piano with Peter Takàcs, Miyoko Lotto, and Hung-Kuan Chen. His composition teachers include Richard Danielpour, David Lewin, and Jeff Nichols. Before moving to Italy, he taught music theory and history, composition, and piano in the United States for ten years and guest-lectured at Maryville University (St. Louis, MO), New York University, Mary Baldwin College (Virginia), and the University of Tampa (Florida). He is now docente associato at the Accademia Alban Berg (Pescara/Verona). The CD Lock & Key (Navona 5881) features him as both composer and pianist. His most recent work is a musical adaptation of Edmund Spenser’s The Shepheardes Calender (developed with the actor Andrea Argentieri). His music can be heard online at and on SoundCloud.

Versione italiana —

David Salvage è un pianista e compositore statunitense. La sua musica è lodata come “elegante e realizzata con maestria” (Sequenza21) e “originale ed eclettica” (American Record Guide). Ha scritto musica per film, orchestra, coro e diversi insiemi musicali e ha presentato concerti nell’Europa e negli Stati Uniti a sale da concerto come il Harvard Club di New York e il Bologna Estate Festival e a numerose università americane. Quest’ultimo anno si è esibito al Alliance Française di Bologna e la British Institute of Florence; a gennaio 2020 porterà per la prima volta al pubblico la sua talenta per l’improvvisazione pianistica a Camera a Sud (Bologna). La sua musica è stata esiguita in luoghi come Juilliard e l’Eastman School of Music e sulla Radio Pubblica Nazionale (NPR) e al Cinequest Festival di Film (San Jose, California). Le sue composizioni hanno ricevuto premi dal National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts (Usa), dallla Society for New Music e dal Music Teachers National Association e gli hanno vinto residenze presso l’Atlantic Center for the Arts (Florence Program) e il Conservatoire Americain di Fontainebleau (Francia). È stato fra i primi pianisti giovani scelti da Toby ed Itzhak Perlman per partecipare al prestigoso Perlman Music Festival negli anni novanta. Ha continuato i suoi studi musicali presso Harvard University, dove si è laureato in musica. Ha proseguito gli studi presso la Manhattan School of Music e la City University of New York. Ha studiato pianoforte con Peter Takàcs, Miyoko Lotto e Hung-Kuan Chen e composizione con Richard Danielpour, David Lewin e Jeff Nichols. Prima di trasferirsi in Italia, ha insegnato teoria e storia della musica, composizione e pianoforte presso diverse università statunitensi per dieci anni ed è stato professore ospite presso Maryville University (St. Louis, Missouri), New York University, Mary Baldwin College (Virginia), and the University of Tampa (Florida). Adesso è docente associato dell’Accademia Alban Berg (Pescara/Verona). Il CD Lock & Key (Navona 5881) lo presenta come pianista e compositore. La sua opera più recente è l’adattamento musicale del ciclo di poesie di Edmund Spenser “The Shepheardes Calender” (sviluppato con l’attore Andrea Argentieri). La sua musica può essere sentita online a e sul SoundCloud.

“Nebbia / Torre dell’Orologio”

Albumleaf 164: February 11, 2020 (Bologna)

7:55–10:20 (12:27)

6:27–12:59 (14:24)

00:19–05:57 (13:41)

“Boschereccia n. 3 — Il Museo della Musica”

Albumleaf 163: October 18, 2019 (Bologna) The third boschereccia resembles the first in its wildness, but it is a well-lit room, where we have not lost our bearings.  We contemplate quietly a pair of horns and harps in a display case.  The sounds of these instruments mingle in our mind with the opening phrases of […]

“Boschereccia n. 2 — Palazzo d’Accursio”

Albumleaf 162: October 10, 2019 (Bologna) This boschereccia is a more civilized room, with symmetrical, framed frescoes and a much less reverberant acoustic.  Perhaps a social gathering is underway, the music blending with the small-group conversations scattered around the room.  The homophonic texture continues from the first movement’s conclusion; repeated notes evoke the play of […]

“Linea Meridiana” LIVE

Albumleaf 65: July 25, 2011 (Bologna) Alliance Française, Bologna, May 24, 2019

The Star Spangled Banner

For at least the third year in a row, I am not in my home country for the Fourth of July. Both this year and last the plan was to be in Granville, Ohio, for the carnival downtown and for the fireworks and flag waving. But fate finds us stuck in Bologna for another few […]


Live audio from the world premiere of The Shepheardes Calender. May 15, 2019, Harold Acton Library, British Institute of Florence Poetry: Edmund Spenser Original Music, Piano: R. David Salvage Narrator, Film: Andrea Argentieri

“Boschereccia n. 1 — Palazzo Hercolani”

Albumleaf 161: June 5, 2019 (Bologna) The first boschereccia is a dim, echoy room whose frescoes spill unframed from wall to wall and up onto the ceiling.  We seem to be in a real forest, the wind carrying hints of horn calls from the distance.  A melody emerges from and subsides into the waves of […]