David Federman

Composer and Conductor in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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David Federman is a Toronto-born, classically-trained composer specializing in music for the screen.

He is currently based in Toronto, Canada, where he recently scored The Suitcase (dir. Philip Leung), a fantasy/drama short which premiered at the Reel Asian International Film Festival, and 48 Hour Take Down(dir. Catherine Séguin), chosen as one of the best short films of 2016 for Toronto’s 48 Hour Film Project.

Earlier in 2016, David scored Cruzar el umbral (dir. Sergio Hernández Elvira), a Spanish psychological thriller which premiered at the Valladolid International Film Festival, Taking Possession (dir. Peter Campbell), a horror short which premiered at the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival, and Bvrned (dir. Jeff Preyra), one of Canada’s first scripted virtual reality films.

In 2014, David earned his Master of Music degree in Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games from Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain, where he studied composition for media under Ludio Godoy, Alfons Conde, and Ben Houge. His experience in Europe was followed by a move to Los Angeles, where he worked on the music team of composer Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Outlander).

Previously, David studied music history and theory at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music, earning his B.Mus. in 2006. His works have received praise and endorsements from such composers as Andrew Ager, Glenn Buhr, Chan Ka Nin, Paul Hoffert, Jack Freeman, Ben Newhouse, Mark Suozzo, Mark Snow, and Sean Callery.

He is also in demand as an arranger and orchestrator, lending his versatile flair to ensembles ranging from Renaissance viols to South American hip-hop. As well, David is the orchestrator and musical director of the new comedy musical, All Great Things (comp. Vira Burmenko).

You may listen to additional samples of his compositions on his SoundCloud.

  • Work
    • Federmusik
  • Education
    • Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus
    • University of Toronto