David DeBoor Canfield
The music of David DeBoor Canfield has been heard on five continents, and has been performed by some of the
world’s most accomplished soloists, including saxophonists Claude Delangle, Otis Murphy, Stephen Page, Timothy
Roberts, Kenneth Tse, and the Zzyzx, Oasis, and Kenari Quartets; violinists Andres Cardenas, Roger Frisch, and
Rachel Patrick; pianists John O’Conor, David Brunell, and Benjamin Boren, and ensembles such as the Indianapolis
Symphony Orchestra, “The President’s Own” United States Marine and United States Navy Bands, Orchestre de la Garde
Republicaine, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, and many others. Canfield’s music has
won numerous accolades including first place in the Jill Sackler Composition Contest and the Dean’s Prize from
Indiana University. His music formed the basis of the three-day Chiefly Canfield festival given by faculty and
students of the University of Central Oklahoma in 2001, and has been featured at the World Saxophone Congresses of
2003, 2006, 2009, 2012 & 2018. His "Concerto after Khachaturian" opened the 4th International Khachaturian Festival in
Yerevan, Armenia on October 6, 2016, and in 2017, he was commissioned by the US Navy Band to write his "Concerto after
Dvorak" for Saxophone Quartet and Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
Canfield was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on September 23, 1950. Early musical studies were with his father,
John Canfield, and graduate studies in composition were undertaken at Indiana University, where Canfield studied primarily
with John Eaton, as well as with Frederick Fox and Bernhard Heiden. He received his Master of Music in 1977 and Doctor of
Music in 1983. More than 75 of the 130 works in his official catalog have been published to date by Jeanne, Inc., TRN, and
Shanghai Conservatory of Music Press; most of them can also be heard on the Albany, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Crystal,
Enharmonic, Jeanne Digital Recordings, Move, MSR, Recherche, Toccata Classics, and US Navy Band labels. He is a member of
ASCAP and the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers.
What others are saying about David DeBoor Canfield and his music:
The saxophone music of David DeBoor Canfield demonstrates the composer's immense
talent while exploring the many facets of the instrument's enormous capabilities as a
means of musical expression.
Eugene Rousseau, Professor of Saxophone, University
David DeBoor Canfield is one of the most sophisticated and versatile composers I know.
His works for saxophone are tremendous contributions to the repertoire.
Tse, Professor of Saxophone, University of Iowa
I have played many times during the two last concert seasons David DeBoor Canfield’s
saxophone work, "Concerto after Gliere" with huge success, not only among the audience, but
also among saxophone colleagues attending. They immediately took note of David’s name for
their future concert programs, a very good sign for his European recognition!
Claude Delangle, Professor of Saxophone, Paris Conservatoire
David DeBoor Canfield’s compositions have logic, humor, and a flair for drama that
immediately engages the audience. His gift for melody is eminently suited to the
saxophone – that most singing of instruments – and his music is a pleasure to perform.
Thomas Liley, Executive Committee, North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA), Comite
International de Saxophone
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