Born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1950, David Mullikin holds degrees
in music performance from the University of Cincinnati and the University
of Michigan. He has been a member of the Colorado Symphony since
1973. Mr. Mullikin is very active in the Symphony’s Education
Department, both as performer and composer. Perhaps his most distinctive
creations are the story-pieces for small ensembles with story-teller.
These widely performed compositions include The Steadfast Tin
Soldier, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The Emperor And
The Nightingale, The Tortoise and The Hare, and Tunji
and The Giant.
Mr. Mullikin has also enjoyed a close relationship with the Up
Close And Musical string ensemble, a Colorado-based organization
which presents outreach programs in schools. Pieces written for
this group include Overture for Strings, Arabesque
for Bassoon and Strings, Anasazi Twilight, Arlecchino’s
Waltz, Colonel Fairweather’s March and The
David Mullikin enjoys opportunities to create music that fills
a special need. For example, in response to requests for “curriculum
based” programs, he has produced Mathnotes (based
on fourth-grade math standards) and The Music of Life (about
the life sciences). These programs have been presented with great
success to thousands of school children.
1991 to 2002 Mr. Mullikin was the cellist in the Ariel Trio, ensemble-in-residence
at Metropolitan State College in Denver. The encouragement of the
other members of the trio (pianist Susan Cable and violinist Tamara
Fahlman Mullikin) led to the composition of two major works for
piano trio, and a third work for soprano with trio, Voice of
the River Han. Metropolitan State College faculty member (and
distinguished soprano) Mee-Ae Nam has performed River Han
several times in recital, including a special performance in 2002
at the Music Teachers National Association Convention in Cincinnati.
In November, 1999, Colorado Symphony Principal Oboist Peter Cooper
premiered Mr. Mullikin’s Oboe Concerto with the Colorado
Symphony. This work was featured on a 2002 recording on the Summit
Label, by Mr. Cooper and the Academy of Saint Martin In The Fields,
conducted by Neville Mariner. Mr. Mullikin’s music was also
performed at the 2001 Convention of the Double Reed Society. Pittsburgh
Symphony Orchestra Bassoonist James Rodgers premiered the Kasselberg
Suite, a five movement work in the baroque style, for bassoon,
contrabassoon and string orchestra.