With an impressive career that includes more than 45 albums, 20 Billboard hits, film & TV soundtracks, commercials and game scores, three-time GRAMMY®-nominee David Arkenstone has established himself as one of the best contemporary instrumental musicians and composers of our time. This visionary continues to create distinctive tracks that inspire the imagination. A musical storyteller, David is passionate about taking his listeners on a journey, creating sonic tapestries that evoke every emotion. “I envision a place where I would like to go, or an adventure I would like to take, and let my imagination run free,” says David. "I’ve gotten countless e-mail messages from listeners who love to take these journeys with me. I’m sometimes surprised by how powerfully people respond to my music.”
Some of David’s most popular albums include Celtic Book of Days, Valley In The Clouds, Echoes Of Light And Shadow, Sketches From An American Journey, Citizen Of The World, Atlantis: A Symphonic Journey, and Myths And Legends.
David has scored dozens of films and documentaries including Echoes of Creation, and his epic live concert event, David Arkenstone’s Symphonic Adventure, is currently a popular public television special. His best-known game score is perhaps Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft Cataclysm expansion, Starlight Inception, and the fantasy live-action game Wizard Quest. His current sports themes include The Kentucky Derby, Premiere League Soccer, NBC Figure Skating, Gymnastics, the Paralympics and more.
David enjoys being out on the road and meeting his fans and is particularly fond of doing concerts during the holidays. "One of the most exciting things about performing live is the interaction I get with the audience,” says David. “It's very different than making a recording, where you're never sure who is listening to it. The communication is complete in live performance, plus it’s just plain fun to play these songs with my friends, and the audience senses that. A lot of the roots of our musicianship come into focus without the magic of studio editing – it's the moment, you play your best, and many times reach new heights, and then it's gone, and on to the next one."
Truly a citizen of the world, David loves to travel and is an avid photographer. His recent trip to Iceland will surely inspire new music....
Early years ~
After coming to California from rural Chicago at age 10, David immersed himself in all the music he could find. Spending high school and college in various bands and performance groups, he then criss-crossed the country several times playing popular music. He finally settled down to concentrate on developing his own sound. David has always been inspired by the process of blending technology and music to create a multimedia fusion for producing amazing sounds. By working with state-of-the-art technology, he combines the highest quality electronic samples with acoustic instruments played by the finest musicians including David himself, often adding choral groups.
“Technology has produced some wonderful tools for making music. The computer allows me to fully orchestrate my pieces and really fine tune them. I have always loved the sound of the orchestra, and now I believe I have refined a wonderful blend combining the best elements of the acoustic world, with the electronic world," states David. While he is primarily a keyboardist, David plays the guitar, mandolin, flute, cello, percussion, and many other instruments. His impressive collection of instruments includes native flutes, drums from around the world, and harmonium.