David Edelfelt “probably sounds great singing the weather forecast… he’s just blessed with a luxuriant instrument.” [Chicago Tribune]

“… deliciously engaging… funny… truthful... More, please, Mr. Edelfelt.” [Cabaret Scenes]

There was a time I thought I would pursue performing as a career. But I finally came to understand that my true calling had more to do with working with others than always being the one on stage. So gradually, I established myself as teacher and coach, and gave up performing.

Eventually though, I realized that although I believe my primary calling is in the role of teacher, there is a part of me that still loves to perform! So around 2007, I "came out of retirement" and began performing again. I'm grateful for the opportunities that continue to come my way. And I've found that by continuing to perform, I am a better teacher and coach. And not only do audiences seem to be supportive, I'm having a lot of fun!

The video clips to the left were taken at the Park West in Chicago and are excerpts from the 2010 and 2013 annual fall gala of Chicago Cabaret Professionals (CCP) of which I am proud to be a member. The marvelous Bob Moreen is playing in the clip from 2010, and in the other, I'm joined by pianist extraordinaire, Beckie Menzie - and by former student and colleague, the fabulous Hilary Ann Feldman.


After a whirlwind year both performing and recording... my new CD "better" is available for purchase! You will find a clip of samples here on the "My CDs" page with a link, or you can go directly to CDbaby.com and to find both my Christmas album and the new one as well. I hope you enjoy them! 

Performances for 2018 are still in the works, so please return here later in the year for updates. In the mean time, may your year be filled with beautiful music! 

For more details, see Upcoming Events or e-mail me.