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David E. Schneider has a former life as a professional clarinetist that includes recordings of Copland’s Clarinet Concerto and works written for him by Eric Sawyer, Lew Spratlan, and Daniel Palkowski.


A graduate of Harvard College (A.B.) and the University of California at Berkeley (Ph.D.), his day job since 1997 has been as a professor of music history, music theory, and chamber music at Amherst College, where he serves as the Georges Lurcy Professor of Music and European Studies and Dean of the Class of 2023. 


His publications include Bartók, Hungary, and the Renewal of Tradition (University of California Press, 2006) and articles, chapters, and reviews on subjects including Hungarian opera, Anton Webern, W.A. Mozart, and the genre of the concerto.


He is proud to be pre-concert lecturer and program-note writer for PVS since 2013.