David Taddie, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, spent his teenage and young adult years playing in rock bands, serving as a church organist, arranging and performing on radio and TV commercials, finally beginning his formal studies in music theory and composition at Cleveland State University at the age of 20. He received his BA and MM from CSU, where he studied composition with Bain Murray, Rudolph Bubalo, and Edwin London. From 1985-1992, he served as pianist with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. He also composed for, and performed with, the New Music Associates in Cleveland, performed as a duo-piano team with his wife, Karen, and was active as a theory and piano teacher. After a decade of working as a freelance composer, performer, and music teacher, he moved to Boston in 1992 to attend Harvard University where he received his Ph.D., studying composition with Donald Martino, Bernard Rands, and Mario Davidovsky.
Taddie has written music for band, orchestra, choir, solo voice, piano, and a wide variety of chamber ensembles as well as many electroacoustic compositions. His music has been widely performed in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia by numerous soloists and ensembles. Among his awards are those from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Koussevitzky Foundation, the Fromm Foundation, and the Music Teachers National Association. He currently resides in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he is Professor of Music, Coordinator of Composition, and director of the Electronic Music Studio at West Virginia University. Prior to his faculty appointment at West Virginia University, he served on the faculties of UMass-Dartmouth, Cleveland State University, and Cuyahoga Community College.