David Rimelis’ music has been performed by orchestras internationally, including the Boston Pops, National Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Western Australia Symphony, Minnesota Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, and the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra.
He has been featured artist with the Colorado Symphony, Eugene Oregon Symphony, Waco Texas Symphony, Concordia Orchestra, Plainfield New Jersey Symphony, The Cascade Festival of Music Orchestra, the New Sussex Symphony, the New Jersey Pops, the Oregon Festival of American Music Orchestra, and the Cabrillo Music Festival Orchestra.
Rimelis is artist-in-residence for the New Jersey State Council on The Arts and teaching artist for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center He is also Director of Music Education for the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children in Newark New Jersey. He has served as composer-in-residence for the Concordia Orchestra in New York City from 1990 - 2002.
His music is featured in the film about violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg “Speaking in Strings”, PBS and New Jersey Network documentaries “Summer Camp”, “It’s Red It’s Edible It Bounces”, the Mo Willems cartoon “The Man Who Yelled,” and the feature film “She Devil.” .
National Television appearances as featured musician include “Emeril Live” (improvising original music as “Dr Strings), CBS’s “The Guiding Light” (fiddler and country band leader), and NBC’s “Four Stories” (volunteer music teacher to HIV affected children).
As a guitarist and violinist, Rimelis has toured the United States, South America, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and the Middle East
His unique charanga violin style has been featured with many prominent Latin ensembles, including Jose Fajardo, Johnny Pacheco, Roberto Torres, Orchestra Broadway, and Africando.
Rimelis is the founder and leader of the band “Life,” which performs original world jazz. The son of country western singer “Idaho Ed,” Rimelis was raised on American folk and popular music; he has won prizes in a number of regional fiddle contests.
Graduate of the B.M.I. Jazz Composers’ Workshop, New York City
M.F.A. (Music Theory and Composition), Montclair State University,
Montclair, New Jersey
B. A. (Music Education and Violin), Fairleigh Dickinson University,
Rutherford, New Jersey
Diploma (Music Composition and Guitar), School of Contemporary Music,
RECENT RECORDINGS (original music):
“Jazz is Just a Child of the Blues” -- jazz / blues
“It’s a Learning Party” -- children’s songs
“Make Yourself a Winner” -- contemporary country music
“Fever Pitch” -- jazz string orchestra
“The Road We Each Must Follow” -- fiddle and piano
“You Can Make It So” -- world jazz
“Resting Pulse” -- New Age
“Jammin’ at Just Jakes” -- Recorded Live
“Good Mornin’ Jesus This Christmas Day” -- Holiday Gospel