David studied clarinet with Francesco Celata from the age of eleven. He played in the Sydney Sinfonia and Sydney Youth Orchestra before being awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music, where he won the Geoffrey Hawkes Prize for clarinet performance in his final year. His teachers in London were Angela Malsbury and Mark Van de Wiel.
While overseas, David also studied in Italy with Anthony Pay at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana Siena, and in France at the Academie de Villecroze with French clarinetist Paul Meyer. David also performed in the Pacific Music Festival for three consecutive years from 2005 in Japan. Since returning to Sydney, David has performed as a freelance orchestral musician with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, The Queensland Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and as a guest principal clarinet with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. As a chamber musician, David has performed as a guest artist with the Australia Ensemble and the Sydney Soloists.
In 2007 David’s performance of Inferno by Sydney composer-performer Margery Smith was nominated for the “Best Performance of an Australian Composition” in the APRA/AMC Classical Music Awards. David also premiered a double chamber Clarinet Concerto by George Palmer, with renowned clarinetist Dimitri Ashkenazy, the recording of which has been broadcast on ABC Classic FM. In 2011 David was a finalist in the ABC Young Performer of the year awards performing the Copland Clarinet Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. David is also currently the Curator of the 2013 House Music series at Government House, Sydney.
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Blog posts and interviews with David Rowden
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We asked David a few questions
- How old were you when you decided to be a musician and what led you the instrument(s) you now play? My father used to play the clarinet, and I have been playing since I was 9 years old. It seems it was all I ever wanted to do!
- When you’re not rehearsing/performing/teaching, where are you most likely to be? I love swimming, running, going to nice restaurants, movies. All pretty normal, having date nights with my wife!
- After you finish a concert, what is the first drink you want to have in your hand? Champagne usually, although I get pretty dehydrated during a concert, so a beer is always a good thirst quencher.
- If there weren’t external factors involved, how long do you think a concert should go for? An hour and 15 minutes, no interval, with drinks either side.
- When should we clap? Whenever you feel compelled…
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