"David's music [for piano and electronics] is symphonic, lush, virtuosic, meticulously crafted, and full of so much heart" Sophia Subbayya Vastek, pianist

"The music is like Mozart mashed up with Club Beats and Electronica" Original Gravity Concert Series

“[Without Words], really appealed to us and we have taken it into our repertoire. It is the only commission on our CD and we love it. It has really pushed us technically, and opened doors to new ideas and compositions” Living Room in London

"Some may notice their toes are tapping while they groove to his exciting rhythmic complexities" Boston Music Intelligencer

David Ibbett is a composer of electrosymphonic music. He has found musical inspiration in many places - songs, symphonies, pop, classical and the electronic - and bringing these strands together is his ultimate aim. Based in Boston, he directs the Multiverse Concert Series, combining music and science in live performance. His passion for science began with his father, Dr. Roger Ibbett, who is a lifelong research chemist.

In 2004, David won a scholarship to attend Clare College Cambridge, studying with Giles Swayne and Robin Holloway, going on to undertake his Masters and a Fellowship at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Julian Anderson. In 2015, he completed his doctorate at the University of Birmingham (UK) with Jonty Harrison and Scott Wilson. In 2014 he moved to Boston, USA, where he lives with his wife Sarah and son Lawrence. 

David’s music is performed nationally and internationally, with projects spanning from chamber music [Albion Trails, 2009, BBC Symphony Octet] to collaborations in dance [Project 51, dance score for The Place Resolutions, 2012) ] and works for instruments and electronics [Beauty from Nothing, 2016]. His passion for electronic music began in 2008 when he undertook a residency at the Aldeburgh Music Festival with Jonathan Harvey – an inspirational teacher and pioneer in the field.

In all projects, David seeks a deep collaboration with musicians, scientists, artists and performers. Since 2015, David has been producing concerts of music and science with Music of Reality and Multiverse Concert Series. He has collaborated with physicists (Dr. Mathew Kleban, NYU), biologists (Dr. Paul Garrity, Brandeis), engineers (Dr. Irmgard Bischofberger, MIT), sociologists (Dr. Clara Han, Johns Hopkins) and oceanographers (Dr. Sarah Davies, BU). For these concerts, David has composed a series of works for piano and electronics, including Phenomena of Growth (2017), Floods and Tears (2018), and Cellular Dance [2019] a full length ballet with cell biologist Dr. Alexey Veraksa of UMass Boston.

In tandem with his composing, David mentors young composers at Ibbett Music, the Yamaha Music School of Boston and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His students have performed at Yamaha’s NJOC, the BBC Proms, and placed first in the MMTA composition competition.

Prospective students can visit the Lessons page for more information.


David’s music has been performed with:

Music Festivals and Concert Series

Aldeburgh Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Barbican Total Immersion, Noisegate Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, National Sawdust, Nonclassical, Banff Centre Encounters series, Wigmore Hall, BEAST concert series, Spitalfields Festival, Logos Foundation, NYCEMF Festival, SEAMUS, EMM Festival, BEAMS Marathon, International Horn Society Conference, Klangspuren Festival Austria, Original Gravity Concert series, Music of Reality, Seven Bridges Project, City of London Festival, Bath Festival, Mapmaking at LSO St Luke's, Faster Than Sound concert series

New Music Ensembles

BBC Symphony Orchestra Octet, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Hermes Ensemble, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Living Room in London Ensemble, Transient Canvas, Boston Percussion Group, Aeolian Progression, Early Music Experiment, Riot Ensemble, Tre Voci cello ensemble, Birmingham University Contemporary Ensemble, Workers Union Ensemble, Guildhall Contemporary Orchestra