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David E. Teie

Lecturer, Cello
String Division
B.M., M.M., Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University

Davie Teie began studying composition with Bruce Wise in Wisconsin when he was seventeen. He devoted the next twenty years to the study of the cello and only returned to composition in his thirties, working with John Corigliano in New York. In his career as a cellist he studied with Stephen Kates and Berl Senofsky at the Peabody Conservatory where he received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees and the Wertheimer award for cellists, and with William Pleeth in London on a Fulbright scholarship. He joined the National Symphony Orchestra in 1984 and was invited by the legendary cellist Mstislav Rostopovich, to study with him, allowing David to be one of a few cellists in the past twenty years to study with the great master. David played fifteen concerto performances with the National Symphony, twelve of them with Maestro Rostopovich conducting, including performances on three U.S. tours. He was a member of the Amadeus Trio and spent the 1999 – 2000 season as acting principal cellist of the San Francisco Symphony. In 1991 he embarked on a USIA-sponsored recital tour of China, and in August of 1995 completed a similar tour of Brazil. Lately Mr. Teie has been busy with concerto, recital, and chamber music performances and shared a highly praised recital of solo Bach Suites with Carter Brey in February of 2004.

While attending the Peabody Conservatory, Mr. Teie also began his conducting studies, following in the footsteps of his father, who is a conductor as well. David continued these studies at the Pierre Monteux school in Maine, and at the Paul J. Christianson choral school in Minnesota, and worked privately with Maestro Leonard Slatkin in Washington, D.C.

He recently returned to composing as his primary focus. He wrote the string music for the recent CD by the group Echobrain founded by Jason Newsted, formerly the bassist in Metallica. His works include three collections of songs, a theater piece for mime and string quartet, a set of “Radio Songs” for Cello and Piano, a setting of four poems by Walt Whitman for Chorus and Piano, a Violin concerto, a Flute concerto, and a concerto for Viola and Violoncello. He was commissioned by Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony to write “Fuga Eroica” which received its premiere with the NSO in February of 2004. In November of 2005 he premiered his Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra with the Anchorage Symphony.

Mr. Teie's flute concerto was premiered in 2010 with the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra; he was recently named Music Director of that orchestra. 

His research involving music and cognition has led to a number of published articles in premier publications including Biology Letters of the Royal Society and a chapter in the Oxford University Press book Evolution of Emotional Communication that contains the only comprehensive theory of the origins and affective processes of music that has passed peer review. His research led to invitations to speak at the 11th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition and the Washington Academy of Sciences. His species-specific music, the first and only music that has elicited appropriate responses from another species in a controlled study, was listed as the New York Times #1 idea of the year in 2009. In March of 2015 a study showing that cats prefer his music for cats to human music was published in Applied Animal Behavior Science.

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