David Bollard

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David Bollard
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Background information
Born (1942-09-25) 25 September 1942 (age 79)
Wellington, New Zealand

David Bollard (born 25 September 1942) is a New Zealand-born Australian classical pianist and teacher.


David Bollard studied with Béla Síki in 1962, then moved to London in 1964, studying with Ilona Kabos, Louis Kentner and Julius Katchen.[1] After a successful Wigmore Hall debut, BBC broadcasts and concerts in Europe, he moved to Australia in 1970. He was a founding member of the Australia Ensemble, resident at the University of New South Wales, and performed and recorded with them for 19 years (1980-1998).[2] He also toured with visiting artists such as violinists Wanda Wiłkomirska, Edith Peinemann and Dylana Jenson, and singers Rotraud Hansmann, Robert Gard and Beverley Bergen.

From 2000 to 2006 he toured and recorded as a member of Ménage à Trois (with soprano Jane Edwards and tenor David Hamilton), and as a member of the Esperance Trio, resident at the University of Tasmania (with Rachel Bremner and Christian Wojtowicz).[3]


David Bollard was in 1970 a staff member at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and from 1970 to 1979 was an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Western Australia, where he collaborated with musicians like Alfredo Campoli, André Tchaikowsky, Jane Manning, Rohan de Saram and the Alberni String Quartet. He was Head of Keyboard Studies at Monash University in 2002, and in 2006 became Adjunct Professor at the University of Tasmania.[4]


His recordings are mostly on the ABC Classics, Festival, Vox Australis, Entracte, Tall Poppies and Move labels. They include:


An editorial collaboration with Philippa Paige for Currency Press earned a Sounds Australian award for best publication of the year. He writes regular reviews and articles for Music Forum magazine and other publications in Australia and overseas.[5]


  1. ^ Australian Pianists; edited by Martin Comte; Australian Scholarly Publishing Pty Ltd, 2010; pp. 29-37.
  2. ^ from promising notion to musical revelation; a history of the Australia Ensemble resident at The University of New South Wales; Roger Covell; Music Performance Unit, UNSW, 2004.
  3. ^ 40 Brilliant Years 40th Anniversary Gala of the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music; 2005. This focuses on the Esperance Trio (Rachel Bremner vln; Christrian Wojtowicz vlc; David Bollard pno).
  4. ^ What They Taught: a Survey of Major Trends and Key Figures in the Development of Piano Technique and Style; a five-part series, Australian Journal of Music Education, Nos. 7-11, 1970-72.
  5. ^ Some Observations on Musical Style, Interpretation and Performance, Australian Journal of Music Education, No. 18, April 1976.

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