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David Earl
[composer - pianist]

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 DDA 25060 Music by David Earl

 

Born in Stellenbosch, South Africa, DAVID EARL moved to London at age nineteen, and has since lived there, and in Oxford and Cambridge. While studying piano and composition at Trinity College of Music he gave his first Wigmore Hall recital and broadcast a live recital on BBC Radio 3. After winning first prize in the SABC Piano Competition he performed widely, appearing regularly at London venues, in the US, and much of Europe. His concerto repertoire includes the Viennese classics, many from the 19 th century and, among several from the 20th, the pianos concertos by Arthur Bliss and John Joubert, both of which he studied with the composers. Conductors he has appeared with include Hugo Rignold, Maurice Handford, Piero Gamba and Christian Badea. His professional career as a composer began in 1980 with the premiere of Cheri, an hour-long ballet commissioned by The Scottish Ballet, given at that year's Edinburgh Festival, and frequently revived. In 1989 a new production was mounted by The Hong Kong Ballet. Four more ballet commissions followed, including two scores for CAPAB Ballet – The Return of the Soldier (1982) and Abelard and Heloise (1985) , both choreographed by Veronica Paeper – and a full-evening Macbeth (1991) for Ballet Santiago de Chile, choreographed by Andre Prokovsky.

Piano Concerto No 1 appeared in 1980, followed by a Two-Piano Concerto (1986), concertos for Violin (1990), Cello (1998), Trumpet (2005), and, in June 2007, Piano Concerto No 2. Among choral compositions are a symphonic setting of Wordsworth's Intimations of Immortality, and a cyclic setting of George Herbert - Mans' Medley . Chamber works include sonatas for violin and cello, and, for solo piano, three suites – Mosaics, Gargoyles and Mandalas - and Oxymorons , a set of 24 Preludes. Music for film includes P'Tang Yang Kipperbang , directed by Michael Apted, and Arthur's Hallowed Ground , directed by the veteran cinematographer Freddie Young.

David has been fortunate in collaborating with young musicians at the start of their careers – Tasmin Little, Martin Roscoe, Alexander Chaushian and Jamie Campbell gave the first performances of, respectively, the Violin Concerto, Violin Sonata No 1, the Cello Concerto and Violin Sonata No 2.

In 2001, following eight years of preparation and study, David was ordained into The Western Buddhist Order, receiving the name Akashadeva (“deity of etheric space”).

For further information: www.davidearl-pianist.net

photo: Michael Sharpston