Beginning his music education at age four with piano lessons from his grandmother, David Moran started playing the cello when he was eight. David completed undergraduate studies at the Elder Conservatorium in 2015 with First Class Honours under the cello tuition of Janis Laurs and Rachel Johnston. In 2017 David commenced a Masters of Music Research at the Queensland Conservatorium under the tuition and supervision of Dr Meta Weiss. For his Masters study, David is examining nonlinear time structures in a number of works of the modernist cello repertory, a project he will continue while studying at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), under the tutelage of Howard Penny.
David was awarded a Helpmann Academy grant in 2016 to travel to Croatia for a month of cello lessons with Valter Dešpalj, an invaluable experience in David's musical education. Awarded a number of performance and academic accolades, David was principal cellist of the Australian Youth Orchestra in 2015, and was a member of the Orchestra's 2016 Europe and China tour. He received a Helpmann Academy award in 2014 as one of the top two third year performance students at Elder Conservatorium.
David won the Adelaide Youth Orchestra's Concerto Competition in 2015, performing a Boccherini cello concerto with the Orchestra in their 2016 season. He has performed regularly with the Momentum Ensemble in venues around Australia, as Principal Cellist for the Australian International Opera Company for its 2017 Turandot tour of China, and curated a number of early music concerts with his ensemble, the Adelaide Historical Music Society, in early 2017. He was awarded a place in Ensemble Offspring's Young Artists' residency program in 2016.
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