Biography

D5A versatile musician, spending time both as soloist, accompanist, teacher and performance coach, David studied piano at the Royal college of Music with Peter Element, graduating in 1989. Later he studied with Peter Feuchtwanger.

Alongside this invaluable training he also has been profoundly inspired by the great pianists of the so called ‘golden age’ in the first part of the 20th century of whose recordings David amassed a large collection whilst still at school. Once at the RCM, David was fortunate enough to meet Felix Aprahamian, then music critic to the Sunday Times, an experienced musicologist who studied in France, and Beecham’s first fixer for his newly formed London Philharmonic Orchestra. Through him he was exposed to a vast array of french music and the french style of performance as well as famous and unknown English music, musicians and composers. Highlight of this was an invitation to play Dutilleux’ Piano Sonata to that composer during his 80th birthday celebrations in London.

A natural lover of freedom and self-expression, David’s performances are strongly crafted, virtuoso yet pervaded with colour and above all a singing tone. He plays a wide range of repertoire with a particular love of French and Russian music, often playing the rare and unknown gems he has discovered on his travels.

David has given solo recitals in Britain, the USA, for Polish television in Warsaw and extensively aboard cruise liners. An experienced concerto player, David performed Mozart’s piano concerto No.14 in E flat with the London Mozart Players as part of Beccles Music Festival. Recent concerts have included an all-Britten concert including a performance of ‘Holiday Diary’ and his song cycle ‘Les Illuminations’. In February he performed with Keswick Hall Choir in music for piano and choir including works by Reger and Lili Boulanger. He has recorded 2 CDs, ‘Piano Variations’ and ‘Piano Interpretations.’

As accompanist he has given many recitals with professionals including with American soprano, Sheila Barnes in English and French song cycles at Dartington, locally with soprano Annabella Ellis, and violinist Jonathan Crockatt.

He has been official accompanist for Norfolk County Music festival for 15 years and has a wealth of experience in coaching adult learners and with young people. He now has a large repertoire of performed music.

Recently he has been working as ‘in-house’ accompanist for the junior department at the Guildhall School of Music, London.

He teaches privately and at Norwich School.