David Diamond born 9 July 1915 (d. 2005)
Born in Rochester, New York, David Leo Diamond is considered one of the pre-eminent American composers of his generation.
His most popular piece is Rounds (1944) for string orchestra. He also wrote 11 symphonies, concertos, 11 string quartets and other works for orchestra, piano and vocal music, and a ballet.
Due to the political climate in the United States during the 1950s he spent fifteen years in Europe studying, writing and teaching. In 1973 he returned to the US as professor of composition at The Juilliard School, where he taught until 1997.
He died from a heart attack at his home in Rochester in 2005.
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