David Schrader

Artist Bio

Davind SchraderA musician of wide ranging interests and accomplishments, keyboard artist David Schrader has performed at many venues on a variety of instruments: harpsichord, organ, piano and fortepiano.  His numerous appearances reflect his versatility as a guest artist in demand for unusual gifts. Mr. Schrader has appeared at the American Guild of Organists’ national convention, and as a featured artist with the Dallas, Colorado, San Francisco and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, as well as with the Grant Park Symphony.  He also has performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as the repetiteur and principal harpsichordist in Chicago Opera Theater’s production of “Orfeo”; and was the featured performer at the Irving Gilmore Keyboard Festival as organ, harpsichord and clavichord soloist as well as at the Ravinia Festival as harpsichordist in all six of the Bach Brandenburg concertos.  Conductors with whom he has worked include Sir George Solti, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Karlos Kalmar,  Nicholas McGegan and  Roger Norrington.


Mr. Schrader’s international festival credits include an appearance as the Artist of the Year at the Oulunsalo Soi Music Festival in Oulu, Finland; as harpsichord soloist with the Nagaokakyo Chamber Ensemble on a tour of Japan and with the Canadian baroque orchestra Tafelmusik on a European tour.  In the United States, he has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, the Michigan Mozarfest, Connecticut Early Music Festival, the Manitou Music Festival and the Woodstock Mozart Festival.

A Chicago resident, Mr. Schrader appears regularly with many local ensembles: 
Baroque Band, Music of the Baroque, Newberry Consort, Bach week in Evanston,  the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Contemporary Chamber Players Chicago Baroque Ensemble and The City Musik.  He is a frequent guest on WFMT radio, and his recording with the Grant Part Symphony of music for organ and orchestra by American composers is the first recording of the Casavant Frères organ in Chicago’s Symphony Center.  Other numerous releases appear on the Cedille label and are listed at davidschrader.com.


Recipient of a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University as well as its Performer’s Certificate, David Schrader received his earlier piano collegiate training in his home state at the University of Colorado. 


“…truly an extraordinary musician…(who)brings not only the unfailing right technical approach to each of these different instruments, but always an imaginative, fascinating musicality to all of them.”  Norman Pelligrini, WFMT, Chicago