David is a fully qualified and experienced piano teacher, based centrally in the Heath/Gabalfa area of Cardiff. David graduated with BMus(Hons) in piano performance from the Royal Welsh College of Music and continued his studies to gain an MA (distinction) from Reading University in instrumental teaching. He also holds the Piano Teaching Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
David teaches pupils of all ages from beginners to those auditioning for University places. He gives a warm welcome to mature students, who may be returning to piano, or wishing to learn for the first time.
He has an excellent record in preparing students for both practical and theory ABRSM examinations and for performance and competition situations.
David is CRB checked.
EUROPEAN PIANO TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION
David is the Regional Secretary of the Cardiff branch of EPTA and organises the local round of the annual EPTA Piano Competition.
He also arranges a programme of events for teachers and students in the area.
SOUTH GLAMORGAN FESTIVAL FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS
David acts as Secretary to the Adjudicators for this event which offers young musicians the opportunity to perform in a friendly environment.
Lessons are usually of one hour or half-hour duration and are tailored to suit your musical aspirations. Fees are payable monthly in advance.
All prospective students are encouraged to take a one hour consultation lesson.
David is an experienced Piano Accompanist and has worked in many different settings, accompanying -
University, A-level and GCSE exam recitals
ABRSM and Trinity exams
Auditions for university
Choir rehearsals and performances, including serveral years with Serenata Singers
Soloists in music competitions, including the 2011 winner of the South Glamorgan Festimval, and for BBC Young Musician of the year.
Finalists' rehearsals for the Bryn Terfel scholarships at Eisteddfod yr Urd
Please contact me to check fees and availability
David teaches from his family home in Cardiff, creating an encouraging environment. He is married with two children and has a cat called Eliot. David has returned to his Welsh roots, now residing within 25 miles of his grandfather's birthplace. David is CRB checked.
David studied for four years at the National Conservatoire for Wales (RWCMD) under distinguished tutors Fazliddin Husanov and Michael Young and graduated in 2005 with BMus (Hons). In 2011 David graduated with an MA (distinction) in Instrumental Studies from Reading University. This course involved numerous action and research projects with students to enhance learning outcomes. His dissertation dealt with practice techniques and the importance of practice to optimise progress.
He participated in many Masterclasses including those of Richard McMahon, Michael Schreider, Zoe Smith, Daniel Martyn-Lewis, Andres Alen (Cuba Institute), Andrew Wilson-Dickson and Keith Tippett.
The Pert Trio was highly commended in the Cardiff Violin Prize and David received coaching from Benjamin Frith (Gould Trio) and Richard May (Angell Piano Trio).
Before commencing his professional training in Cardiff, he studied piano with Jacqueline Ross and later with Brenda May, professor of piano at Nottingham University. He studied A-level music at New College (Clarendon) and was a prizewinner at Derby Arts Festival.
Other Musical Studies
David has also participated in Masterworks (Europe) Festivals, receiving coaching from Roslyn Langlois, Daniel Martyn Lewis and Stephen Robbings. During the 2005 Festival he was invited to perform in the Memorial Hall of Winchester College.
Recorder and Clarinet
David studied recorder with Ralph Harrup, Wendy Hancock of Musica Donum Dei and later, in Cardiff, with Owen Morse-Brown of Sociall Musick. He also played clarinet with the Nottingham Trent Concert Band.
David has continued his professional development with courses by EPTA and ABRSM and particularly appreciated studying a course on Schumann with, the now late, Eleanor Bailie at Jackdaws.
David can be booked to provide
Piano recitals, concerts, chamber music recitals
Wedding Music - Ceremonies and/or Receptions
Background Music for Private Functions
Music for Church Services/Carol Services/Funerals
Music for Corporate or Charity Events
DUO & ENSEMBLE
In addition to Duo work, David has worked with Baroque ensembles at harpsichord.
He has had experience of providing musical accompaniment for Expermental theatre.
He enjoys new challenges and will consider any type of Duo/Ensemble work.
David has a varied repertoire of solo piano to suit different events.
Styles of music include:
Classical, Light Classical, Showtunes & Jazz Standards
Terms are per hour, half day or day plus travelling expenses. Please contact me for further details.
"David is a flexible and patient teacher with a deep knowledge of both classical music and the teaching of it. I enthusiastically recommend David to students of all ages." C.Jenkins easy.
I'"David is an excellent piano teacher who provides lessons which are rewarding, interesting and inspiring!" I Fiddes, Record/Audio sales.
"I recommend David to anyone who is thinking of learning how to play the piano, whether a beginner or an advanced student. He has given me (49) and my daughter (14) a depth of insight into our technique and interpretation which compliments his expertise of the instrument, historical muscial knowlege and his tuition methods, which are supported with his personal goals of continued Professional Development.
He is very approachable, thoughtful in his approach to each student, humorous and has the ability to put one at ease, whilst at the same time providing you with exercises tailored to your needs, which are fun to attempt and ultimately will improve your capacity to learn and master the instrument, improve your own style and add to your appreciation of music. I look forward to our continuing journey."
D. Ogden (mature student)
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"I have worked with David twice. He is a wonderful accompanist managing to be both supportive and knowledgeable and balancing those two things well. He adapts well to circumstances and is solid and dependable in rehearsals while also knowing when to speak up and what to watch. A quiet strong force in the room he can be totally trusted and should always be listened to" - L.Turner (Soprano/Director).
I'd just like to say a huge thank you for accompanying me so well in the Rotary competition. I don't think I've worked with someone who has paid such close attention to me and the music before, as much as you did. I hope I get the opportunity to work with you again sometime in the future. Best regards, J. Smith
"I approached David to provide piano accompaniment for upcoming examinations of some of my flute pupils. David prepared accompaniments for candidates presenting for grades 3, 4 and 5 flute. He undertook rehearsals with each candidate, during which he was able to put them at ease, and respond sensitively to their musical needs. This was also evident on the day of the exam, when David's calm and encouraging manner was certainly beneficial for the candidates. I would engage David again as an exam accompanist." J.S. (Flute teacher)
WEDDINGS & OTHER EVENTS
"Just wanted to say thanks for the wedding day. We've had lots and lots of lovely comments about your playing and the photographer captured some great photos of you! Andy heard it all and said you were great and everyone has been very complimentary. So again thanks, and all the best". (D. Eynon)
Thank you for letting us know the exam mark so quickly. She is very pleased as you can imagine. This would never have been achieved without all the hard work you put in, so once again, thank you. " KH
"Thank you for all your hard work and persistence in helping me get my Grade 8, which I totally attribute to you." LJ
"Many thanks for seeing the boys through their exams and keeping the momentum. It was much appreciated. They have benefited from your teaching and their eagerness to carry on having lessons testifies to the enthusiasm you instilled in them." CR
"Outside my 'day job', I have attended concerts David has given, and have also worked with him in the context of church music, typically, in organising and producing carol services. David is very capable, flexible, accommodating and amenable to work with. He is a very patient and unflappable character. Beyond the obvious skill and ability you expect from a pianist of his standard, he plays piano with particular sensitivity, both as a soloist and accompanist".
M. Brasier (Pa rtner at Melchior Telematics)
EPTA is the Association for professional pianists and piano teachers in the UK, promoting excellence in piano teaching and performance.
The National Conservatoire of Wales provides specialist and practical training for professional careers in performance and
performance-related industries. Concerts and special events are detailed on the College website.
The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music is the world's leading music examining board
Information about music education.
South Glamorgan Festival for Young Musicians
Information about all aspects of the piano
Jackdaws is an educational trust based in the West Country whose residential music courses are run by tutors at the
top of their profession.
Annual festival of classical music, dance and theatre at Winona Lake run by the Christian Performing Artists' Fellowship.
Pianist Magazine is a a magazine for people who enjoy playing the piano. It includes free sheet music and interesting articles on all
aspects of the piano world.
The Society of Recorder Players - stimulating enjoyment in the art of recorder playing through local gatherings of recorder players.
A series of play-along recordings of the baroque recorder duet repertoire prepared by Owen Morse Brown.