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David Harper

David Harper began his career as a concert pianist, but quickly developed a passion for the vocal repertoire, leading him to work exclusively with singers. Harper spent four years at the English National Opera, and then went on to develop a coaching studio focussed on style, interpretation and vocal techniques.

Recordings featuring David Harper

Canciones Españolas
Spanish classical songs for soprano & piano

MMT2038, Released 2002
 
Elegy: Songs for Baritone and Piano
English art songs

MMT2023, Released 2000
 
Liszt: Songs
Keith Lewis and David Harper perform Liszt

TRI3002, Released 2004
 

Biography

David Harper was born in New Zealand where early success as an aspiring concert pianist led him to London in 1967 to further his studies at the Royal College of Music. However, a passion for the vocal repertoire and the voice soon eclipsed any ambitions to pursue a solo career and within a few years of leaving college he had achieved his dream of working exclusively with singers.

David spent four years at the English National Opera which provided the invaluable experience of working with all voice types in a broad range of operatic styles. In 1976 he launched his freelance career and invitations to perform concerts with a wide variety of singers followed in quick succession. Studio broadcasts with the BBC, recitals at the Wigmore Hall, London, and numerous other engagements throughout the UK and Europe gained him a reputation as a vocal accompanist of rare sensitivity.

In addition to his increasingly prolific performing activities there grew a fascination for the more technical, scientific and physical aspects of singing. This, together with an awareness of the importance of language, articulation, stylistic integrity and interpretation led to the development of a concurrent career in the teaching/coaching studio. It is this aspect of his involvement in the world of the lyric arts which has become increasingly predominant in recent years.

Harper runs a thriving London studio where his list of clients includes numerous international artists. He runs masterclasses and vocal workshops dealing with style, interpretation and vocal technique, and has held guest professorships and teaching residencies throughout Europe, Japan, USA and Australasia.

In addition to three recordings for Trust Records, Harper has recorded two volumes of Mercadante songs with Nelly Miricioiu, Yvonne Kenny and other soloists for Opera Rara.



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