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As a youth, David studied with Thelma Callahan in Washington, DC. During these early years he performed in numerous competitions and recitals. In consecutive years, from age 12 to 14, he won the three divisions of the Jordon Music Awards Auditions sponsored by the D.C. Federation of Music Clubs, and was winner of that organization’s Concerto Competition at age 14. From a review in The Washington Star, the music critic said, “He has magnificent hands and a businesslike attitude at the keyboard which suggested more years. ...one would like to have heard more of his playing, for he seems destined to go far.”

Mr. Wasser is a graduate of the Juilliard School where, as a scholarship student, he studied with Jacob Lateiner and Adele Marcus. While at Juilliard, he performed in numerous concerts both at Juilliard and in the greater New York area with Lincoln Center Tours. David studied with Stewart Gordon, Ron Elliston, and Cleveland Page at the University of Maryland, College Park, where, among other honors, he earned the award of “Excellence in Performance”. David performed in the Montreal International Piano Competition, and was an award winner at what is now the William Kappell International Piano Competition.

During the following years he and his wife raised their two children, he earned a degree in accounting from the University of Maryland, and, as a CPA, managed his own business consulting practice. For six of these years he was CFO and VP of Finance for a large builder-developer. Then, after a 25 year hiatus, David returned to his passion: the piano.  

For more than 50 years, David Wasser, noted for his “musical sensitivity and pianistic virtuosity”, has performed in numerous solo and collaborative settings throughout the eastern United States.  He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Maryland, a member of the American Institute and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, and is a piano faculty member at Howard Community College.  He lives with his wife in Columbia, Maryland.

Contact Mr. Wasser at dwasser@howardcc.edu