Founder & former Co-Director, Washington Heights Inwood Music Project
Washington Heights, New York
David Gracia is the Founder and former Co-Director of the Washington Heights and Inwood Music Project, an El Sistema-inspired program that has served an average of 150 children per week since its inception in 2012. He has also served as Associate Music Director for Playground Sessions, a music software company co-created by Quincy Jones that uses the most advanced technology to help people learn how to play the piano, and as Associate Music Director of the New York Society for Ethical Culture. As of October 2015, David is the Manager of Artist Training Programs for The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall.
David was born in Zaragoza, Spain, and at an early age started his musical studies at the Infantes del Pilar’s Cathedral Boys’ Choir where he received a well-rounded education as a singer, pianist, and conductor. After pursuing piano and chamber music studies at the Music Conservatory of Zaragoza he came to New York and enrolled in the Aaron Copland School of Music of Queens College where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance and a Master of Arts degree in musicology, both summa cum laude.
He has served as an adjunct teacher at the Aaron Copland School of Music where he has taught several courses at the undergraduate level. As a piano and music teacher he has been a faculty member at both the Performing Arts Conservatory of New York and the Piano School of NYC. As a conductor, for two consecutive years he participated in the orchestral conducting program with the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra where his teachers included Paul Haas, and Mark Seto. As part of this program, he performed at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, and Kupferberg Center Performances. Recently he participated in masterclasses with Markand Thakar, Co-Director of Orchestral Studies at the Peabody Conservatory and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra.