Pianist/composer David Lopato has performed as a leader and sideman throughout the world. As a composer he has received numerous grants from the N.E.A., New York Foundation for the Arts, Meet the Composer, and the Beards Fund. He also received a Fulbright Fellowship to study Javanese Gamelan in Surakarta, Indonesia, where he lived for a year. As a performer he has toured his own music in configurations ranging from solo piano to 10-piece ensembles. He has performed with Dave Liebman, Dewey Redman, Joe Lovano, Mark Helias, Ray Anderson, Wadada Leo Smith, Jane Ira Bloom nd numerous others. He own recordings have been released on the Lumina, Enemy and Global Coolant labels. For 15 years he curated and produced the modern jazz concert series at InHouse in downtown Manhattan. He currently teaches privately and at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, where he has been on the faculty for the last 25 years.