david cotter, Classical Guitar
David is a British classical guitarist who is currently studying for a Masters in Music at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University. He graduated from Durham University in 2016 with a BA Degree in Music (First Class Honours), where he was Conductor/President of Durham University College Orchestra, President of the New Art Music Ensemble, and Electric Guitarist for Durham University College Big Band. Previously, David worked as Media Coordinator for Music Durham (2015-16), and taught at Mount Kelly School (2016-17). Presently, he is pursuing a career as a Lecture Recitalist, combining his interests in composition, performance, research, and teaching.
David possesses a rich repertoire of Baroque, Classical, Contemporary, Latin-American, Percussive, Popular, Romantic and Spanish music, and frequently performs solo recitals around the country. He is an artistic and confident musician who has made nearly 100 concert appearances in a variety of venues, from the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Passionate about ensemble performance, David has also collaborated with cellists, choirs, clarinetists, flautists, guitarists, guitar orchestras, harpists, singers, and violinists, and made appearances on stage with notable artists such as the Military Wives.
In recent years David has benefited from lessons and masterclasses with some of the world's leading musicians including: Alison Smith (University of Plymouth, UK), Carlos Bonell (Royal College of Music, UK), Dame Emma Kirkby (UK), Daniela Rossi (Argentina), Diego Castro Magas (Catholic University of Chile, Chile), Graham Devine (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, UK), Hector Sequera(University of Durham, UK), Jacob Heringman (UK), John Mills (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, UK), John Rink (University of Cambridge, UK), John Snijders (University of Durham, UK), and Miloš Karadaglić (Montenegro).
Competition success has included reaching the final round of the Two Moor's Festival Young Musician’s Platform Competition, achieving a Distinction at the Plymouth Festival of Music, Speech and Drama on consecutive years, winning the Mabel Stoyel Memorial Cup on both occasions, and coming second in the Plymouth Young Composer of the Year competition.
David loves performing with the talented mezzo-soprano Sophie Kidwell, and hopes to see you at one of Duo Palatino's upcoming concerts!