Dr. David Bryant

Music

(610) 225-5448

dbryant@eastern.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Wolverhampton: Musicology and Composition
  • M.F.A., Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama: Advanced Performance and Composition Studies
  • M.M., Temple University: Piano Performance, Pedagogy, and Musicology
  • B.M., University of the Arts: Piano Performance

David Bryant began musical studies at the age of four with Dorothy Morton, a student of Moritz Moskowski and Constantin von Sternberg, founders of the Philadelphia Musical Academy (now University of the Arts).  David began playing the organ for weekly church services at the age of twelve.  During high school, he composed several Masses and other choral works for use in the Catholic Church and performed them up and down the east coast with his own vocal ensemble, Musica Sacra.

Dr. Bryant received his undergraduate degree in Piano Performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and earned his Masters degrees in Piano Performance, Piano Pedagogy and Musicology from Temple University, where he graduated Summa cum Laude.   David also graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow Scotland, studying piano, organ and composition, and attending under the auspices of the International Rotary Foundation’s Ambassadorial Scholarship Program.   Dr. Bryant is very involved with Rotary International and was recently made a Paul Harris Fellow for his charitable work with the foundation. Dr. Bryant has completed a PhD in Musicology and Composition from the University of Wolverhampton (UK).

Dr. Bryant has given hundreds of concerts and recitals throughout the US and Britain, and his original scores are published by Warner Brothers, Alfred, Lorenz, Monarch Music, Gregorian Institute of America, Birdsong and Shawnee Press.   Critics hailed his recording of Harold Boatrite’s formidable Piano Sonata for Albany Records as ‘a superb blend of technic, musicality and inspiration…’ (Philadelphia Inquirer). David also serves as the Director of Music at First United Methodist Church – Phoenixville.

Dr. Bryant has worked closely with many composers, including Soulima Stravinsky, Lucas Foss, Sir Jonathan Willcocks, Sir Peter Ledger, and Sir John Rutter.  Sir John has described David as “hero and poet of the piano”. David’s latest works “Seven Last Words from the Cross” and the virtual opera “SOMA” were given their premiers in 2017, both in the UK.

Dr. Bryant is currently giving a series of practical workshops on church music, taking place at churches of various denominations across the USA in 2018-19.  His latest project – a virtual heavy-metal opera based on the life of 16th century Jewish mystic and self proclaimed Messiah Sabbatai Zevi is well underway, and he has just completed a complete performance cycle of the Mozart Piano Sonatas.  This year, David will be performing selected piano works of Steven Heller each week at his church, First United methodist Church of Phoenixville, PA.