DAVID DIAMOND, American composer (d. 2005); An American composer of classical music. he was born in Rochester, NY and studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music under Bernard Rogers, also receiving lessons from Roger Sessions in New York City and Nadia Boulanger in Paris. He won a number of awards including three Guggenheim Fellowships, and is considered one of the preeminent American composers of his generation.

Many of his works are tonal or modestly modal. His later style became more chromatic. Diamond was out long before it was socially acceptable and was and outspoken critic of anti-Semitism.