David was the Glass Sellers, Beethoven Piano Prize Winner in November 2018 and went on to perform in the Annual Concert in October 2019
Praised for his ‘consummate authority and passion’ and being a ‘virtuoso of the first rank’, Australian pianist David Soo has performed in Australia, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, France, Spain and the United Kingdom. Recent highlights include performances for Her Majesty Queen at Goodenough College, the Lord and Lady Mayor, the Sheriffs at the City of London, the Australian ambassador to the United Kingdom, and the former Prime Minister of Malaysia. His performances have also been heard live on Australian Classic FM, New Zealand Classic FM and FMITE Spanish Radio.
David’s forthcoming performances include Prokofiev’s Third concerto and Beethoven’s triple concerto in Australia as well as forthcoming performances in Australia, China and the United Kingdom. David’s many prizes include winning the Elizabeth Murdoch Prize Great Romantics Competition, the Worshipful Company of Glass-Sellers of London Beethoven Prize at the Guildhall School, the City of Sydney’s Allison/Henderson Piano Scholarship, the Oxford Music Festival’s Professional Recital Prize, the Emmanuel Trophy Piano Competition and the Australian Music Foundation award. He has also been a laureate in international competitions in France and Malaysia, the Australian National Piano Award, and was a national finalist in the 2014 Symphony Australia Young Performer Awards.
David has performed at Australia House, Apothecaries Hall, Barbican Concert Hall (Barbican Centre), St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Milton Court Concert Hall, Princess Alexandra Hall, the Melbourne Recital Centre, the ABC Studios in Adelaide and Melbourne, the La Plantation Concert Hall in Beijing, Haikou Town Hall (Hainan Island) and the Kuala Lumpur Convention and Exhibition Centre in Malaysia. He has also given sold-out appearances at the Bloomsbury and Chobham Festivals.
David completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne where he studied under Glenn Riddle and graduated with first class honours. He subsequently graduated with a Guildhall Artist Masters and an Artist Diploma with distinction studying with eminent professor, Joan Havill. He is currently a Fellow at the Guildhall.
David’s studies were generously sponsored by the Australian Music Foundation, Help Musicians’ UK, the Mary Elizabeth McComas Scholarship, and the Youth Music Foundation Australia.
Update as at 31st March 2020:
Recent highlights include performing sold out recital for the Chobham Festival and also performing at the WCGS annual music concert at Grosvenor Chapel with Zhu Sun. I then returned to Australia briefly for a month long concert tour of solo, chamber music and concerto performance in Adelaide and Melbourne. Upon my return to England I played a concert which was very well received at St Martin in the Fields and also at Australia House. Forthcoming engagements include concertos by Beethoven, Grieg and Prokofiev in Australia (Melbourne and Hobart) and the United Kingdom, Recitals in New Zealand and chamber music with Wilma and Friends concert series throughout Australasia. (This has now obviously changed and awaiting amendment)
Update as at 22nd April 2020
I am currently in Australia with family and am also working remotely at the Guildhall, as well as performing in several online recitals.