David King

International Chair in Brass Band

International Chair in Brass Band

David King is the RNCM International Chair in Brass Band. Regarded as one of the most dynamic figures in the world of brass today, David has an enviable record of musical accomplishments and successes both as an instrumentalist and conductor.

David studied Trumpet and Cornet at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and music education at Avondale College, New South Wales, where he studied choral conducting with Alan Thrift, graduating in 1978. In 1982 as Australian cornet champion he was awarded a scholarship to study band musicianship at Salford College where he graduated with distinction in Performance in 1985.

He pursued a distinguished career as a cornet soloist and was North of England Solo Champion three years running in 1983, 84 and 85. He represented the United Kingdom as British Open Solo Champion and won the prestigious International Brass Musician of the Year in New Zealand in 1992. In December, 2000 David graduated from the University of Salford with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree, majoring in Performance.

He has represented England in the European Brass Band Championships on ten occasions as a conductor and has won the title nine times, twice with Black Dyke Mills Band and seven times with the Yorkshire Building Society Band. Respected throughout the world of brass, David is in great demand today in his capacity of professional conductor of the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band, associate director of the Norwegian Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag , and artistic director of the National Australia Brass Academy, “Voice of Brass” which he founded in 2010.