One of the few classical and new music cimbalom players working in the United States, David Shively plays instruments ranging from Hungarian concert cimbalom to Romanian tambal mic.  The New York Times has praised the “gorgeous nuance” of his performances on these rare instruments.  His repertoire includes more than a dozen newly commissioned solo and chamber works in addition to earlier music, whether the standards of the orchestral repertoire or 16th century Hungarian keyboard works.  Other projects occupy experimental and improvised spaces or explore the folk and popular musics of Hungary and Romania.  Performances in New York City and elsewhere for ICE, Mostly Mozart, Mark Morris Dance Group, New World Symphony, Fox/Searchlight Pictures, Nicola Benedetti, Zeena Parkins, Tony Arnold, Ensemble SON, Either/Or, Mierlita, Ansamblul Folcloric Plaiurile Dornelor, and various orchestras and ensembles… EITHER/OR Duo

Selected repertoire:

Géza Allaga – Magyar cimbalomkoncert (solo)
Béla Bartók – First Rhapsody (orchestra)
Richard Carrick – Dark Flow (ensemble, premiere 2013)
Richard Carrick – The Veins of Marble (ensemble, premiere 2013)
Peter Maxwell Davies – Sonatina (violin)
Claude Debussy – La plus que lente (orchestra)
Henri Dutilleux – Mystère de l’instant (orchestra)
Jin Hi Kim – Tilings (ensemble, premiere 2013)
Zoltán Kodály – Háry János Suite (orchestra)
György Kurtág – Eight Duos for violin and cimbalom op. 4 (NY premiere 2006)
György Kurtág – Erinnerung an einen Winterabend, op. 8 (ensemble, NY premiere 2011)
György Kurtág – Grabstein für Stephan, op. 15c (ensemble)
György Kurtág – Messages of the late Miss R.V. Troussova (ensemble)
György Kurtág – Quasi una fantasia… (ensemble)
György Kurtág – Scenes from a Novel, op. 19 (ensemble)
György Kurtág – Seven Songs for voice and cimbalom, op. 22 (NY premiere 2011)
György Kurtág – Splinters, op. 6c (solo)
György Kurtág – Stele (orchestra)
György Kurtág – Tre pezzi e Tre altri pezzi for clarinet and cimbalom, op. 38/38a (NY premiere 2006)
Keeril Makan – Letting Time Circle Through Us (ensemble, premiere 2013)
Ivo Nilsson – Hereabouts (ensemble, premiere 2013)
Zeena Parkins – Hilma:Eva (ensemble, premiere 2013)
François Rose – Rosée du matin, flocons du soir (violin, premiere 2013)
Igor Stravinsky – Ragtime (ensemble)
Igor Stravinsky – Renard (ensemble)
John Zorn – The Nymphs (duo, premiere 2013)
traditional musics of Hungary, Transylvania, and Romania.