David Behrman (1937) is an American composer who works mainly in the electro-acoustic domain. Behrman studied composition and music theory at Harvard and Columbia University, respectively. He subsequently studied and worked with Henri Pousseur and Karlheinz Stockhausen, among others.
Behrman belongs to the first generation of composers of live electronic music, and one of the first of the composer-performers. With Robert Ashley, Alvin Lucier and Gordon Mumma, Behrman founded the Sonic Arts Union in 1966, a collective that experimented with live electronic performances. Behrman designed a whole range of instruments, interactive systems and software. Some of his recent works are Unforeseen Events, Refractive Light, My Dear Siegfried... and QSRL.
From 1975 to 1980, Behrman was Co-Director of the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College in San Francisco. He also taught at the California Institute of the Arts and at the Technische Universität in Berlin. Behrman is still employed by the Avery Graduate School of the Arts of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, where he has been teaching for over ten years.