David T. Little's potently dramatic music draws upon his experience as a rock drummer, and fuses classical and popular idioms to powerful effect. Often undertaking political and existential themes, his music has been described by The New York Times as “dramatically wild...rustling, raunchy and eclectic,” showing “real imagination.” New Yorker critic Alex Ross declared himself “completely gripped,” noting that "every bad-ass new-music ensemble in the city will want to play him.”
His music has been performed throughout the world—including in Dresden, London, Edinburgh, LA, Montreal, and at the Tanglewood, Aspen, MATA and Cabrillo Festivals—by such performers as the London Sinfonietta, Alarm Will Sound, eighth blackbird, So Percussion, ensemble courage, Dither, NOW Ensemble, PRISM Quartet, the New World Symphony, American Opera Projects, the New York City Opera, the Grand Rapids Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop. He has received awards and recognition from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Meet The Composer, the American Music Center, the Harvey Gaul Competition, BMI, and ASCAP, and has received commissions from Carnegie Hall, the Baltimore Symphony, the Albany Symphony, the New World Symphony, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and Dawn Upshaw’s Vocal Arts program at the Bard Conservatory.
Recent works include Haunt of Last Nightfall for Third Coast Percussion, RADIANT CHiLD for the New World Symphony, CHARM for the Baltimore Symphony under Marin Alsop, haunted topography, for Alarm Will Sound, and Am I Born for the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Brooklyn Youth Chorus and soprano Mellissa Hughes, under Alan Pierson. Upcoming projects include new works for the London Sinfonietta, cellist Maya Beiser, violist Nadia Sirota, and the Kronos Quartet.
He recently received his doctorate from Princeton University, and is a member of the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP). His music is published by Project Schott New York. For more information, please visit davidtlittle.com.