Australian pianist, David Barnard graduated at the remarkable age of 18 from his undergraduate degrees, whilst studying with Diana Harris OAM. He moved to the UK and was accepted into the prestigious Britten-Pears School, British Youth Opera and Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now programs.
David has collaborated with numerous instrumentalists, including members of the Australian Defence Force, the BBC, London, Adelaide, Sydney, Los Angeles, New York, Melbourne, Royal Concertgebouw, Antwerp, Symphony & Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as playing orchestral piano & celeste for the Melbourne, Adelaide & BBC Symphony Orchestras. David is noted for his recital work with singers, including, Antoinette Halloran, Roxane Hislop, Janis Kelly, Sarah Fox, Lesley Garrett CBE, Rosamund Illing, José Carbó and Elizabeth Campbell. Piano duo/duet partners have included Malcolm Martineau OBE, Leslie Howard. Radio credits include, BBC Radio 3, BBC Scotland, RTÉ, 3mbs Melbourne, 5mbs Adelaide and ABC Classic FM.
As chief repetiteur and chorus master, companies include, State Opera of South Australia, English Touring Opera, Opera Australia, Opera North, English National Opera, and as a vocal coach, he has prepared principal artists from these and other companies, including Pinchgut, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Los Angeles Opera and The Metropolitan Opera New York.
He has participated in many masterclasses as well as giving masterclass for Yamaha Australia, the Accompanist Guild of South Australia and the Mietta Song Competition. David has adjudicated for eisteddfods and local competitions as well as the ABC Young Performer of the Year (Chamber Music) and the National Lieder Festival (Aus).
David was based in the UK for 13 years and returned to Australia in 2013, as he was appointed Head of Music for the State Opera of South Australia and engaged as a staff member of the Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne. In 2019, David has been appointed to the New Zealand School of Music as Head of Accompanying and Vocal Coaching.
David was invited to Buckingham Palace in October 2011 as a ‘Significant Australian living and working in the UK’ and in 2015, he was awarded a 50th Anniversary Churchill Fellowship in Australia.