Australian Composer – David Slater

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David was the founding Head of Music at Bishop Druitt College from 1995 to 2006, where he also established and conducted the Coffs Harbour Regional Youth Orchestra and the North Coast Camerata.

After moving for a short period from Coffs Harbour to the Gold Coast, he now resides in Sydney’s inner west. After eight years as Director of Music at one of Sydney’s oldest independent girls’ schools he now advises Australian groups on international music touring. He regularly conducts workshops and masterclasses throughout Australia, in Asia, and in Europe where he is on the faculty of several high-profile international music festivals. His most recent appointment is as Australia’s Ambassador to the World Choir Council. David’s awards include the Symphony Australia Prize, the National Award of the Orchestras of Australia Network and an Australia Day honours for services to music in the community.

David has studied, taught, performed and conducted the music of Ludwig van Beethoven for more than 40 years. He sits on international music festival juries in countries including Sweden, Italy, Spain and Russia. He composes chamber, orchestral and choral works, for the concert hall and for TV and film.

His recent work includes a focus for young and solo performers. It ranges from pieces for youth orchestra (Exploratory Surgery and Scherzo and Chorale No.3) to pieces for harp (Efflorescences), violin (Pensive Moments), double bass (Etude), cello or viola (Sonatina), voice (Summer Haze), flute or clarinet (No Leaves To Blow) and bassoon (Lamentations) which have all been performed extensively, many for the NSW HSC.