David Reffkin

San Francisco, California
Updated 11/12/2015

David Reffkin, director of The American Ragtime Ensemble, is a leading authority on ragtime orchestration and performance. He was a recording engineer on the Grammy-winning Red Back Book album of the NEC Ragtime Ensemble and later played with them. He hosted The Ragtime Machine radio program for 30 years, with interviews and reviews appearing in The Mississippi Rag, winning the Best Ragtime Journalist award. As a professional violinist, he is a soloist and a member of various ensembles, as well as a conductor, arranger and music contractor. Acknowledged for his editorial work, he wrote the Foreword for the discography Cakewalks, Rags and Novelties (2003), and helped edit forthcoming books on Brun Campbell (Larry Karp) and the new edition of King of Ragtime (Edward Berlin). David helped create the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in 1974, organized and directed the All-Star Orchestra, and in 2006 received the festivalís Scott Joplin Award. In 2011, the city of San Francisco awarded him the Mayorís Certificate of honor.