2009 New Zealand Championships - The Chief Adjudicator

13-Apr-2009

About the Chief Adjudicator - Professor David King


Chief Adjudicator: Professor David King

David KingProfessor David King brings to the New Zealand National Championships an outstanding international profile as a musician, educator and adjudicator.

He has adjudicated the National Championships of Great Britain on two occasions and also the European Championships and the National Championships in Holland, Sweden and Switzerland.

Australian by birth, David King is regarded as one of the most dynamic figures in the world of brass today. With an enviable record of musical accomplishments and successes both as an instrumentalist and conductor he is at the forefront of music education and is Head of Performance Studies at the University of Salford, the largest music department in the British university sector.

David King studied Trumpet and Cornet at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and music education at Avondale College, NSW, 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, Manchester, where he graduated with distinction in Performance in 1985.

In Britain David King pursued a distinguished career as a cornet soloist and was 'North of England Solo Champion' on three occasions (1983/84/85). He represented the United Kingdom as 'British Open Solo Champion' and won the prestigious title 'International Brass Musician of the Year' in Auckland, New Zealand in 1992.

In December, 2000 David King graduated from the Institute for Social Research, University of Salford, with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree majoring in Performance and has since been awarded his professorship.

As a conductor Dr David King holds a prominent position in Europe and is revered as one of the most successful conductors on the concert and contest platform in the last decade. He has represented England in the European Brass Band Championships on eight occasions as a conductor and has won the title seven times, twice with Black Dyke Mills Band (1990 & 91) and eight times with the Yorkshire Building Society Band (1996/1997/1999/2000/2001/2002, 2003 and 2004).

At the end of 2006 he announced his decision to end his association with the YBS Band after 13 unprecedented years of success. Professor David King is Director of National Australia Brass, and Music Advisor to the Federation of Australasian Brass Bands, and consultant to Yamaha Australia.

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