Australian born pianist, David Barnard graduated from his B.Mus (performance) and Advan.Dip.Mus (accompaniment) studies from the Flinders Street School of Music (Adelaide) at the remarkable age of 18, training as a concert pianist and chamber musician with Diana Harris OAM. Other teachers included, Michael Kieran Harvey & Rodney Smith. He was recognised nationally for his outstanding achievements during his study, receiving several awards and medals.
At 18, David moved to the UK, where he was based for 13 years, initially taking up positions at British Youth Opera (as répétiteur), the Britten-Pears School (studying chamber music) and a place on the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now scheme.
David has collaborated with many high profiled singers and instrumentalists including: Sarah Fox (soprano), Rosamund Illing (soprano), Lesley Garrett CBE (soprano), Grant Doyle (baritone), Richard Suart (baritone), Christopher Lemmings (tenor), Malcolm Martineau OBE (piano), Leslie Howard (piano) & Jim Walker (flute), as well as playing for the masterclasses of Roger Vignoles (accompanist), Teresa Cahill (soprano), Janis Kelly (soprano) and Mark-Anthony Turnage (composer). Some of David’s noted and wide ranging projects have been broadcast on RTÉ (Ireland), BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Scotland, ABC Classic FM (Australia), 5Mbs Adelaide & 3Mbs Melbourne.
David’s extensive skills as an opera répétiteur have seen him work with: British Youth Opera, English Touring Opera, The G&S Opera Company, English National Opera, Opera North, Raymond Gubbay Ltd, Buxton Festival Opera, Opera Australia, Bulawayo Festival (Zimbabwe), and the State Opera of South Australia. Conductors have included: Peter Robinson, Fraser Goulding, Wyn Davies, Oliver Dohnányi, Stephen Barlow, Stuart Stratford, Harry Christophers, Michael Lloyd, Nicholas Cleobury, John Owen Edwards, Richard Balcombe, Arvo Volmer, Graham Abbott & Nicholas Braithwaite. He has also prepared many principal singers from some of the world’s leading opera houses and is increasingly in demand for these particular skills.
In October 2011, David was chosen to attend a small reception at Buckingham Palace in the presence of HM The Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh for ‘Significant Australians’ living and working in the UK. David eventually returned to Australia in 2013 where he was appointed Head of Music for the State Opera of South Australia, eventually leaving to take up positions at the University of Melbourne and Monash University as an active member of staff within the vocal & opera departments. In July 2015 he was awarded a 50th anniversary Churchill Fellowship for further professional development at the opera houses of Paris, Berlin, Milan & Venice. David is currently working towards his P.hD at the University of Melbourne.