Born in Canada, trained in Europe, and tested in Hollywood, composer and conductor DAVID FEDERMAN brings an elegant musical voice steeped in international flair.
David holds a Master of Music degree in Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games from Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus, where he studied under Lucio Godoy and Alfons Conde. He was recognized for his achievements during the Master’s program with the prestigious Outstanding Scholar Award at graduation. David’s experience in Spain was followed by an internship in Los Angeles, working in the studio of composer Bear McCreary.
David recently scored the short films Double Edged (dir. Cliona Concetta), The Tape (dir. Kayla Craig), and Joey Boy (dir. Mark Matechuk). Listen for his work in the the dramatic feature No More Stolen Afternoons (dir. Barry Germansky), pending release in the near future. His music can also be heard in Season 5 of CBC’s Someone Knows Something podcast.
David’s music has been recorded by ensembles around the world, notably in London, Budapest, New York, Los Angeles, and Toronto. His Flight: A Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki, recorded by a 54-piece orchestra under his baton at AIR Studios, was featured as part of a special presentation at the Hemisfèric in Valencia, Spain, from January to June of 2015.
David is also the arranger and orchestrator of Back and Forth: The Musical (book, music, and lyrics by Dayjan Lesmond), an abridged demo version of which was made available in a preview format as part of the Toronto Fringe Collective in 2020. A fully-staged version is slated for premiere at the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2022.
When not composing, conducting, producing, arranging, or orchestrating, David can be found performing Renaissance and Baroque music, often on one of many sizes of viola da gamba or recorder. In 2019, he was appointed the Music Director of the Rosewood Consort, fuelled by his love of early music and historically-informed performance.
David is also active in educating filmmakers about the art and practice of film scoring and the process of collaborating with a composer. He has presented his seminar, The Care and Feeding of Your Composer, through ACTRA Toronto, Raindance Toronto, and Sheridan College. If you are interested in arranging a Care and Feeding presentation for filmmakers in your area, please contact David for further information.
You may listen to additional samples of his compositions on his SoundCloud.
You can read David’s article on the history and practice of video game music in Perspectives, the newsletter of the International Game Developers Association.