Steve Horton Music Festival

The Gifted Music School is pleased to announce the first concert of our annual Steve Horton Festival! This year’s concert will feature a lecture and recital by GMS alumnus David Horton in collaboration with his colleagues from the New England Conservatory, Ariel Chapman and Robert Burdick. The concert will feature three piano solo works – including a world premier – two ambitious works for solo viola, and will conclude with one of Brahms’ sonatas for viola and piano. We hope you can join us!

Where: All Saints Episcopal, 1710 Foothill Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84108

When: Saturday June 4th, 5:00 PM (Lecture), 6:00 PM (Concert)

Price: Free, though there is a suggested donation of $15 at the door

Lecture: Sergei Prokofiev – Seeds sown and the fruit they grew (David Horton)

Note: this lecture will be a presentation of some findings from David’s thesis for his BM in Music Theory. It will be accessible and interesting to anyone, even someone without a musical background.


Sergei Prokofiev – Visions Fugitives, Op. 22 (David Horton)

Joan Tower – Simply Purple (Ariel Chapman)

Joan Tower – Wild Purple (Ariel Chapman)

Wolfgang Mozart – Rondo in A Minor, K. 511 (David Horton)

– Intermission –

Robert Burdick – Sonata for Piano No. 2, “Roxbury Crossing” (David Horton; world premier)

Johannes Brahms – Sonata for Viola and Piano in F Minor, Op. 120 N0. 1 (David Horton and Ariel Chapman)

– Reception to follow –

About the Festival:

This is the inaugural concert of what we hope will expand to be an annual festival in honor of one of our supporters, Dr. Steven Horton. Steve was an incredible doctor, father, husband, son, and human being who blessed the lives of many of our students and staff. Many people were devastated when they lost this incredible friend in January 2015 to an auto accident. This festival is paid for with proceeds from an endowment established by donations made to GMS in his name. At-the-door donations will go towards expanding the endowment and preserving what we hope will be an incredible concert series and festival for years to come.

About The Artists:

Although “officially” a classical musician, 21-year-old pianist David Horton’s interests and tastes in music transcend what is considered conventional for his instrument. Through numerous public concerts, David has introduced diverse audiences to his eclectic musical tastes, programming brand new compositions alongside neglected masterpieces. David regularly collaborates with dancers, actors, and other musicians. Premiering new works is of particular importance to David, who regularly works with contemporary composers to produce novel works for his instrument. David is also an ambitious composer and music theorist – he is enrolled in the dual degree program for Piano Performance and Music Theory at NEC, where he studies privately with Wha-Kyung Byun and Justin Lundberg, respectively. David’s former teachers include Vera Watanabe, Heather Conner, and Hana Janatova. David was the winner of the 2013 NEC Piano Department Concerto Competition, resulting in a performance of Maurice Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand Alone under Maestro Hugh Wolff.

In addition to 17 years of musical experience, 22-year-old violist Ariel Chapman brings to her performances a unique musical perspective. She is a passionate chamber musician with a love for the creativity of the rehearsal process. However, it may surprise some that Ariel’s greatest influence – both musical and personal – is folksinger Joan Baez, not only for her personal, unsensationalized performances, but also for her history as a civil rights activist. Ariel connects her viola repertoire to Baez’s folk songs through the grief and longing common to both musical traditions.

The individuality of Ariel’s performances is marked by her focus on audience accessibility. Talking between pieces connects her to the audience through personal engagement. A compelling blend of standard repertoire and daring new works showcases her dynamic personality and electrifying technical skills. This fall, Ariel will enter the Graduate Diploma program at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she will study with Dimitri Murrath. Her former teachers include Martha Katz, Lewis Rosove, and Sally Chisholm.

Robert Burdick, though only 21 years old, is already a prolific composer of chamber pieces for various ensembles and solo instruments, including a large-scale piano sonata which was performed and recorded by David Horton. He has written two full orchestra works which have been read by members of the New England Conservatory orchestras.

Although his compositions belong to the western art music tradition, Robert is also a folk musician, performing throughout High School and Conservatory in music festivals and as a street musician in the U.S., Ireland and Canada on a variety of stringed instruments.

Robert studies composition at the New England Conservatory under Kati Agocs. Last summer, he studied composition and had works performed at the European-American Musical Alliance program in Paris.