David Schrader

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David Schrader (born September 15, 1952, Chicago, Illinois) is an American harpsichordist, organist, and fortepianist. He is a professor at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago where he teaches music history and conducts chamber music ensembles. Mr. Schrader has been the organist at Church of the Ascension, Chicago since January, 1980.


Schrader has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on several occasions, at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian period instrument orchestra Tafelmusik, at Ravinia Festival, Staunton Music Festival The Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, and he can frequently be heard in a live performances on Chicago's classical music radio station WFMT. He performs and has recorded with Trio Settecento (with Rachel Barton Pine on violin, and John Mark Rozendaal on cello), Chicago's period instrument orchestra Baroque Band, and Rembrandt Chamber Players.

Schrader is represented by ARTRA Artist Management.


Schrader has recorded a large number of CDs, among which are the following:

  • Biber: Mensa Sonora, Baroque Band, Cedille Records
  • George Frideric Handel: The Sonatas for Violin & Continuo with Rachel Barton Pine (violin) and John Mark Rozendaal (cello) – Cedille Records, 1996: CDR 90000 032[1]
  • Trio Settecento: An Italian Sojourn with Rachel Barton Pine (violin) and John Mark Rozendaal (baroque cello) – Cedille Records, 2007: CDR 90000 099[2]
  • Trio Settecento: A German Bouquet with Rachel Barton Pine (violin) and John Mark Rozendaal (viola da gamba and baroque cello) – Cedille Records, 2009: CDR 90000 114[3]
  • Trio Settecento: A French Soirée with Rachel Barton Pine (violin) and John Mark Rozendaal (viola da gamba) – Cedille Records, 2011: CDR 90000 129[4]
  • Trio Settecento: An English Fancy with Rachel Barton Pine (violin) and John Mark Rozendaal (viola da gamba) – Cedille Records, 2012: CDR 90000 135[5][6]
  • Scarlatti on Fortepiano, Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti (1685–1757), Cedille Records CDR 90000 042
  • Introducing David Schrader, Cedille Records CDR 5003
  • Soler: Harpsichord Sonatas (vol. 2), Cedille Records CDR 90000 009
  • Organ Masterpieces by Franck & Dupré, Cedille Records CDR 90000 015
  • Bach: Fantasies & Fugues, Cedille Records CDR 90000 012
  • American Works for Organ and Orchestra, David Schrader on organ, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra / Carlos Kalmar, conductor, Cedille Records CDR 90000 063
  • Bach: Goldberg Variations, Forces of Virtue Records
  • George Friederic Handel: Cantatas, Centaur Records


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