David Skidmore is a percussionist, composer, and musical entrepreneur. David is a dedicated advocate for the music of our time, having commissioned, premiered, and performed dozens of new works by many of the great composers of the 20th and 21st century.
In 2005, David co-founded Third Coast Percussion, an ensemble that has performed hundreds of concerts across the country, presents an annual concert season at home in Chicago, teaches musicians of all ages and experience levels, and has commissioned dozens of new works by composers including David T. Little, Timo Andres, Donnacha Dennehy, Chris Cerrone, Marcos Balter, Ted Hearne, Glenn Kotche and Augusta Read Thomas. Called “vibrant” and “superb” by Alex Ross of The New Yorker, Third Coast Percussion was named Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in 2013.
David was the percussionist with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble from 2007 to 2011, and has been a member of New York-based chamber orchestra Ensemble Signal since 2007. David served for 2 years as a fellow in the Academy – a Program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute. Through this fellowship, David performed concerts in Carnegie Hall and other venues throughout New York City, and he was a teaching artist in residence at a public school in Ozone Park, Queens.
David has performed and collaborated with many of the world’s finest musicians including conductors Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, David Robertson, and Michael Tilson Thomas, composers Augusta Read Thomas, Steve Reich, Steve Mackey, Matthias Pintscher, and Peter Eötvos, and chamber ensemble eighth blackbird. David has performed as a soloist in Europe, Asia, and the United States. David has also performed as a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Pacific Music Festival, and the National Repertory Orchestra.
David’s compositions are performed regularly in concert halls and universities across the country. In 2011, his multi-movement work Common Patterns in Uncommon Times was commissioned from Frank Lloyd Wright scholar Sidney K. Robinson to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Taliesin, home of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. In May of 2007 his piece, Unknown Kind, was premiered at Carnegie Hall. He has also received commissions from the Rush Hour Concert Series in Chicago, and leading percussion soloists and pedagogues including Mark Ford (University of North Texas), Dr. John Parks (Florida State University), Omar Carmenates (Furman University), Dr. T. Adam Blackstock (Troy University), and Peter Martin. David was awarded 1st prize in the 2005 Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest and 2nd prize in the 2004 contest.
David taught for four years on the percussion faculty at the Peabody Conservatory, from 2009 to 2013. He currently resides in Chicago where he works full-time as a performer and Executive Director with Third Coast Percussion.
David received the Bachelor of Music degree from the Northwestern University School of Music and the Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music. His teachers have included Robert Van Sice, Michael Burritt, James Ross, Shawn Schietroma, and Michael Hernandez.