David Rosenthal


Few musicians have achieved the broad-based success that David Rosenthal has earned as a keyboardist, synthesizer programmer, producer, songwriter and touring professional. Since graduating from Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, completing a highly rigorous triple-major in Piano Performance, Electronic Music, and Audio Recording, David’s talents are continually in demand for his skilled musical precision, applied creativity and well-utilized gift of perfect pitch.

David’s multi-faceted career has taken him to studios and stages across the globe with many of the most prominent artists in the business. Mostly known for his dynamic association with Billy Joel, he has also recorded and/or toured with Bruce Springsteen, Enrique Iglesias, Robert Palmer, Whitesnake, Steve Vai, Ritchie Blackmore and Rainbow, CyndiLauper, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Little Steven. His critically acclaimed work with Red Dawn and recent alliance with legendary progressive band Happy the Man also illustrate his talent for composing and producing original music.

His inventive tenure as a tour performer, studio musician and musical force with Billy Joel has led to extensive world tours, including the Face-to-Face Tour with Elton John, which has been widely recognized as one of the most successful tours of all time. Commencing in 1994, encore performances of the tour were produced in 1995, 1998, 2001, 2002 and 2003.

He has performed in numerous concert videos, documentaries and video clips for major national television networks and shows including: The Disney Channel, PBS, David Letterman, Rosie O’Donnell, VH-1 “Story Tellers” and HBO. Of recent note is his involvement with the Tony-winning Broadway Show, “Movin’ Out”, where he scored and arranged keyboard parts, programmed the synthesizers and produced the classical playback tracks.

David’s discography encompasses a broad range of musical accomplishments yielding top-ten singles, millions of records sales and Grammy® nominations. He’s also engaged his ‘classical side’ with the Czech Philharmonic and New Japan Philharmonic which both recorded his orchestration of Yngwie Malmsteen’s “Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra.”

Besides recording and touring, David has shown a strong commitment to educating young musicians by giving lectures at Berklee College of Music, Musician’s Institute, Full Sail Recording School, and a number of music industry seminars. His recent DVD, “Building your Music Career” (Berklee Press) furthers his dedication to the next generation of musicians. Accordingly, Berklee has honored David with its Distinguished Alumni Award for “Outstanding Achievements in Contemporary Music.” He also earned high honors from Keyboard Magazine, where he was voted “Best Hired Gun” in their reader’s poll.

A prolific professional author, he has written for numerous magazines including Keyboard and Electronic Musician, designed recording studios, worked as a software consultant, and proudly endorses the Kurzweil product line.

His fellow musicians and fans will readily attest: David’s professionalism, creativity and productive collaboration have earned him a notable placement in the chronicles of contemporary and modern music.

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  • The Billy Joel Band
  • Happy the Man
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