While earning a BA in Music Theory and History at Oberlin College, David Markowitz devoted energy to developing his skills on the flute, attending studio classes and taking lessons with professors Michel Debost and Kathleen Chastain and their students. After graduation, he took a year to prepare for graduate school auditions on his chosen instrument. He was accepted into Yale University, where he studied with Ransom Wilson and earned a Master of Music degree in 2002.
Along the way he attended master classes at Domaine Forget and the Julius Baker Master Classes. His coaches included Julius Baker, Michael Parloff, Joshua Smith, and Bradley Garner.
At Oberlin, David was introduced to jazz improvisation and theory. He later combined these with the music theory he learned from Allen Forte at Yale and published Tetrachords for Jazz in 2005.
David has taught privately since 1999 and also at Mansfield School of the Arts (part of UConn at Storrs), Amadeus Conservatory in Chappaqua, NY, and the Mount Kisco School of Music.
David got his start in Westchester County, New York studying with flutists Harold Jones and Dianne Spitalny. He earned local prizes and played in the New York Youth Symphony under Miguel Harth-Bedoya. He teaches in-home lessons in Westchester and Fairfield counties and is engaged in starting a flute ensemble (The Grand Ridgefield Intergenerational Flute Band).