Dave Schlossberg is an award-winning pianist and composer from Monroe, New Jersey. A member of numerous musical groups around the New Brunswick area, Dave loves Jewish folk music but also loves jazz--and composers such as Bach and Chopin.
Dave graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance and is now the accompanist for many groups: the acclaimed New Jersey Cantors Concert Ensemble; Makhelat Hamercaz, the Jewish Choir of Central New Jersey; Kol Dodi, the Jewish Community Choir of Metro-West; and Kol Emet Choir out of Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick. He also serves as the musical director for the Music Theatre Program of Middlesex County Arts Middle School. He is the musical director for the Monroe Township Chorus, and the Monroe-based Concordia Chorale, as well as co-director of the Stonebridge Singers of Montgomery, NJ. Dave currently works at Anshe Emeth as a Collaborative Keyboard Artist and accompanies all services, concerts, and special events. He is also a founding member of Tsu Fil Davids (“Too Many Daves”), a Klezmer band out of Highland Park.
Dave's compositions of Jewish choral music have won acclaim. His "Mi Chamocha" was selected for publication by Shalshelet, The Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music, and performed at the Foundation's 6th International Festival in December 2016. Another piece, his "Etz Chayim," was selected as the second-place winner of the Ben Steinberg Young Composers Award, sponsored by the Guild Of Temple Musicians. Several compositions of his have been premiered at the North American Jewish Choral Festival as well. Dave is frequently sought after for instrumental and vocal arrangements for solo or ensemble.
His greatest strength is his ability to improvise tasteful, inspired accompaniment for vocalists, instrumentalists, and choirs. He possesses a deep knowledge of the Great American Songbook and is a gifted improvisational pianist. He credits much of his passion for the piano to his teacher, the late Wally Selick, a highly-regarded pianist from the New Brunswick area. Dave counts Harry Connick Jr. and Dave Brubeck among his influences.
Dave's debut album, A Place Beyond Words, offers sensitive piano improvisations of classic Jewish liturgical melodies. The CD, titled A Place Beyond Words, was awarded a Silver Medal for Outstanding Achievement from the Global Music Awards and was selected as one of the Top Five Albums of Fall 2017. A collaboration with Berlin-based composer Ohad Stolarz on an orchestral arrangement of the album was awarded a Silver Medal for Outstanding Achievement from the Global Music Awards in 2021. The album itself is available on iTunes and Amazon.
Dave is currently working on a semiautobiographical musical about his journey through spinal cord injury, entitled Facing The Music. The opening number of the musical, “Life Behind The Wheel” was also awarded a Silver Medal for Outstanding Achievement from the Global Music Awards in 2021.
Dave offers a wide variety of services, including composition, arrangement, transcription, lectures, and virtual choir production.