David Coll (b.1980) is a composer of concert music, installation art, and interdisciplinary projects that engage physical presence with technology. His work has been recognized through commissions, prizes, and awards from Milano Musica, NewMusicUSA, the Zellerbach Foundation, ISCM World Music Days, IRCAM, the Salvatore Martirano Foundation and Royaumont, among others.
His works have been performed by Ensemble 2e2m, Wild Rumpus, RepertorioZero, Silbersee, Itinéraire, Praesenz, Eco Ensemble, sfSound, Empyrean Ensemble, and the Berkeley Symphony (Under Construction composer in residence); by soloists Mellissa Hughes, Donatienne Michel-Dansac, and Séverine Ballon; and at festivals including Gaudeamus (2005 & 2009), Spark, Gaida, MATA, Voix Nouvelles, and Tzlil Meudcan.
David’s music has been performed at venues including the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Éspace de Projection, the Piccolo Teatro, Roulette, the Mondavi Center, the Krannert Center, and the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ.
Along with artists Kim Anno and Ricardo Rivera, David is part of the artist collective and series ‘Ice on the High,’ curating and creating works that blend music and the arts with ecological and cultural sustainability issues. Recent works have been presented at the KALA Institute, Some Thing Spacious Gallery, the Berkeley Arts Center, Milkbar, and the SF Asian Art Museum. Recently formed ‘Obstacle in Obstacle’ (Erich Richter and Adam Carlin, artists; Aaron Gervais and David Coll, composers/electronic musicians; Kristina Dutton, violin/musical coordinator) is a group of musicians and artists who are dedicated to exploring the space between concert music and interactive installation art. Their first show was an evening length event for the opening of the 2015 ‘Music and Words’ Festival in Davis, California.
David holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, with further education at IRCAM (Cursus and Cursus 2), the Orpheus Institute, and the University of Illinois. He has studied with Edmund Campion, Ken Ueno, Franck Bedrossian, Yan Maresz, Erik Ulman, and Jason Eckardt, and participated in master classes with composers Chaya Czernowin, Steven Takasugi, Brian Ferneyhough, Alvin Curran, Martin Bresnick, Mauro Lanza, Philippe Leroux, James Dillon, Luca Francesconi and Mathias Spahlinger.
Most recently he was a Visiting Composition Professor at Hanyang University in Seoul. He is now based in Oakland, California, working on several upcoming projects.