David Palmer is a 19-year-old composer and pianist from Crewe, Cheshire, UK. He is currently a second year music student at Worcester College, Oxford, where he holds an Instrumental Award scholarship and a scholarship to perform with the university’s contemporary music ensemble (Ensemble ISIS). He is the president of the Oxford University Music Society.
Prior to commencing his composition studies with Robert Saxton in Oxford, David studied composition with Matthew Sergeant and piano with Jonathan Middleton at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, which he attended from 2012-2016. Awards at the JRNCM include the Peter Redfearn Memorial Prize for Composition (2014), the Director’s Prize (2015), and the Friends of the Junior RNCM Ensemble Prize (2016) with Erin Cox. David won the Margaret Thomas Junior Piano Composition Award (2014) for his performance of Fragments  for the Penrith Piano Circle. David currently studies piano with Ronan O’Hora, Head of Keyboard Studies and Advanced Performance Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
David was a composer for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for two years, where he was tutored by Anna Meredith and Larry Goves. Venues in which David’s compositions have been performed include the Britten Studio of the Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Tate Britain gallery, the Clore Ballroom of the Southbank Centre, and the Music Room of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Prior to his time with the NYO, David attended the 2014 Sound and Music Summer School at the Purcell School, on which he was tutored by David Horne.
David’s compositions have featured in the New Music North West Festival on two occasions; the most recent being his performance of his composition Nine Short Scenes  with Erin Cox in the 2016 festival. The duo also regularly performed in internal JRNCM events, as well as the external concert series.
David has performed twice with the International Lutosławski Youth Orchestra at the Szczecin Philharmonic Hall, Poland. Other orchestral keyboard opportunities include performances with the JRNCM Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ewa Strusinska and the National Youth Orchestra’s Inspire Orchestra conducted by Duncan Ward and Kwame Ryan. Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1 was toured around secondary schools in the North-West of England by the NYO Inspire Orchestra to inspire young people to pursue music. In July 2016, David performed the piano solo (/secondo) part to his Concerto with JRNCM Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ewa Strusińska, for his final concert as a JRNCM student.
At university, David has performed with the Oxford University Sinfonietta, Addinsell Sinfonia (soloist), Oxford University Chorus (répétiteur and harpsichordist), Ensemble ISIS, Oxford University String Ensemble, and Oxford University Orchestra.
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