David Glaser was born in New York in 1952. He remembers at a very early age asking his parents to play some of the records they owned, especially Mozart's Jupiter Symphony, Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, and Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps. Although he played French horn in his junior high school band and studied classical guitar in high school it wasn't until he heard Schoenberg's Pierrot lunaire in college that he decided to pursue a career in music.

He studied at Hunter College (BA), Queens College (MA) and Columbia University (DMA). His teachers included Mario Davidovsky, George Edwards, Martin Boykan, Jacques-Louis Monod and Jack Beeson. He has been the recipient of a CAP Grant and a Margaret Fairbank Jory Copying Assistance Grant from the American Music Center, the Dr. Boris and Eda Rapoport Prize in Composition from Columbia University and Fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Wellesley Composer's Conference. He received a 2007 Fromm Foundation commission to compose a work for Parthenia viol consort. In 2005 he received the Academy Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters which described his work as "...subtly potent music of important potential."

His music is published by the Association for the Promotion of New Music of New Music. He is currently Vice-President of the United States section of the League of Composers/ISCM.

His music has been commissioned by the New York New Music Ensemble, Parthenia, the Cygnus Ensemble, the Peconic Chamber Orchestra, Double Play Percussion Duo, the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble and Glaux, the new music ensemble of Temple University and sopranos Susan Narucki, Judith Kellock, Linda Larson and Elizabeth Farnum.

He is Associate Professor of Music at Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University where he has taught since 1996.

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