David Dolan

Music Programme
School of Arts

David Dolan has devoted his career as a concert pianist, researcher and teacher to the revival of the art of classical improvisation. In his worldwide performances, he incorporates extemporisation into the well-known classical repertoire in repeats, eingangs and cadenzas. David has performed at major Far East, European and Israeli concert venues and festivals, such as the Wigmore Hall and the Royal Festival Hall in London, Auditorium Châtelet and Salle Pleyel in Paris, Kaiser Saal in Frankfurt, Neues Schloss in Stuttgart, Anton Philipzaal in the Hague, and the Jerusalem Theatre and Tel-Aviv Museum in Israel. He has made live recordings and broadcasts for radio stations such as the BBC, Radio Swiss Romande, the Hessische Rundfunk and the Saarlandische Rundfunk.

David is a professor at the Yehudi Menuhin School as well as at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he is head of the Centre for Creative Performance and Classical Improvisation. He is frequently invited to give master classes at a number of the world’s leading music institutions, including the Julliard School in New York, the Royal College in London, the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow, Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv Music Academies, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and the Paris and Geneva Conservatories. David is also an associate of Clare Hall, Cambridge University.

David Dolan’s solo CD “When Interpretation and Improvisation Get Together” includes improvisations and works influenced by improvisations. Yehudi Menuhin’s reaction to it was: “David Dolan is giving new life to classical music.” His discography also includes a French music programme for flute and piano duo recorded with his wife, flautist Abigail Dolan, released under the Selena label. His latest solo CD, which includes Schubert’s last piano sonata and “Moments Musicaux” is expected to be launched soon.

Born in Israel, David Dolan studied piano with Prof. Sonia Valin and studied composition and improvisation with Prof. Haim Alexander at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, where he obtained his B. Mus., First Prize, as well as the “Artist Diploma - Summa Cum Laude”. He then studied with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and with Claude Frank in New York. In 1977 he took part in Arthur Rubinstein’s master class in Jerusalem. His PhD work examines similarities between emotional expression in speech and musical extemporisation.

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