His music is solid in construction, imaginative in concept, and skillful in orchestration.  It appeals to audience and musicians alike.”  -Dr. David Daniels, Music Director Emeritus, Warren Symphony Orchestra

David Stewart was born 1941, in Miami FL, and earned a B.Mus. degree from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, 1965, and a M.A. degree from Smith College, 1969.  His principal teachers were Bower Murphy, William Klenz, Joseph Wood, Walter Aschaffenburg, and Alvin Etler in composition; David Pizarro on organ; Arthur Dann on piano, all of blessed memory.

Stewart is a composer, pianist, and organist.  His career began in academia and migrated into computer technology from 1979 onward.  His style of composing also changed as he pursued a new occupation.

From 1969 to 1979, he taught music theory, composition, and electronic music at Eastern Michigan University and then Kent State University.  His style of composition during this period was twelve-tone and aleatoric.  Living in Ohio from 1975 to 1985, he was a member of the Cleveland Composers Guild which provided many performances of his chamber music.  In these early years he won several prizes for his chamber music.

A self-taught computer programmer, he began studying computer-generated sound in 1969.  He produced electronic music both by Moog synthesizer and by computer using the seminal MUSIC4 program on Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-11’s.

From 1979 until retirement in 2013, Stewart worked as a computer systems professional. Having been a church musician most of his adult life, he is currently organist at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Ferndale MI.

After leaving academia, Stewart’s aesthetic changed.  He wanted to write more spontaneously the sounds from his imagination–music that was accessible to the performer and audience, while maintaining his stylistic integrity.  He became more tonal yet still used twelve-tone and aleatoric techniques when justified.

He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP); American Composers Forum; Society of Composers Inc.; Conductors Guild; and the American Guild of Organists.  He is the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Warren Symphony Society Inc., in Warren MI. The Warren Symphony premiered three of Stewart’s works in the 2000’s.

Stewart believes that leaving academia for the business world was a great benefit to his art.  Music is the business of entertaining.  The composer must satisfy, even delight, the paying audience.  His compositions connect with the listener’s ear and heart.

The piece on this album, Three for Three, comprises three dance-like pieces for violin, cello, and piano.  It is on the fifth album produced by PARMA Recordings with Stewart’s music.  His Concerto for Piano and Orchestra and Suite for Piano-Brass Quartet are on the album CONVERGENCE, released in 2012.  Five organ pieces are on the album FOUNDATIONS released in 2014.  Fantasy for Viola Solo is on FIGMENTS released in 2016.  The previous recording in this series with Trio Casals, released in 2018, has Habanera for cello and piano.

Albums

Moto Quarto

Release Date: July 12, 2019
Catalog Number: NV6237
21st Century
Chamber
String Quartet
Acclaimed international piano trio Trio Casals makes a triumphant return with the fourth installment of Navona Records' MOTO series, zestfully interpreting nine new American compositions – virtually all of them either tailor-made or arranged for the ensemble. The opening track, Three for Three by David Nisbet Stewart, could almost be considered a neoclassical piano trio – if you're thinking along the lines of Prokofiev's Love for Three Oranges. Like his Russian predecessor, Stewart chose to endow his composition with a perspicacious structure, along which the motives and modulations climb like vines on a trellis.
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Moto Bello

Release Date: May 11, 2018
Catalog Number: NV6156
21st Century
Chamber
Piano Trio
Navona Records and the acclaimed ensemble Trio Casals proudly present MOTO BELLO, the next chapter in the moving series that brought 2015’s MOTO CONTINUO and MOTO PERPETUO in 2013. Living up to its name, MOTO BELLO, or “beautiful motion,” is a collection celebrating the synergy of Trio Casals and the vibrant works of ten contemporary composers including Diane Jones, Beth Mehocic, David N. Stewart, Sidney Bailin, L Peter Deutsch, Giovanni Piacentini, Adrienne Albert, Clive Muncaster, Joanne D. Carey, and Bruce Babcock.
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Figments

Release Date: February 12, 2016
Catalog Number: NV6023
21st Century
Chamber
Cello
Piano
Violin
Navona Records presents FIGMENTS, a compilation of eclectic contemporary works for chamber ensemble that highlight the dramatic, the mysterious, and the inventive through diverse instrument combinations and use of extended techniques. The album features music by composers Mark Dal Porto, Richard Campanelli, David Nisbet Stewart, Paula Diehl, Jason R. Lovelace, and Mel Mobley.
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Foundations

Release Date: February 1, 2014
Catalog Number: NV5939
21st Century
Liturgical
Orchestral
Vocal Music
Choir
Orchestra
Excerpts from the Bible, text from the Middle Ages, and traditional instrumentation (organ, orchestral, and choral) form the basis of six composers' inspired works on FOUNDATIONS to create stirring, new contemporary classical music. By connecting to the roots of historical texts and musical conventions - in some cases the foundations of our collective cultures - these pieces present a modern spin on traditional materials, sounds, and forms.
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Fine Music, Vol. 4

Release Date: May 1, 2013
Catalog Number: NV5916
21st Century
Concertos
Orchestral
Oboe
Orchestra
Saxophone
FINE MUSIC, VOL. 4 is the fourth compilation of the Navona Records Fine Music digital series. This installment features the works of David Nisbet Stewart, Brian Noyes, Jonathan Little, Daniel Perttu, Curt Cacioppo, Santiago Billoni, Alejejandro Rutty, Joanne Carey, Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Summer, Roger Bourland, Kjell Magne Andersen, and Jan Van der Roost.
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Convergence

Release Date: November 1, 2012
Catalog Number: NV5892
20th Century
Concertos
Orchestral
Orchestra
Piano
Wind Ensemble
Observing the landscape of contemporary classical, one might assume that the art music community has shifted its focus away from the melodic, harmonious, and accessible. CONVERGENCE, an album of works by David Nisbet Stewart and George Gershwin, presents just the opposite: imaginative, expressive works that appeal to performers and audiences alike.
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