Australian by birth, David King has an enviable international profile of musical accomplishments and successes both as an instrumentalist and conductor. He has remained at the forefront of music education spanning almost 30 years and until his retirement in 2009 was Chair of Performance at the University of Salford, England.
David King completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2000 – the first recipient of a Performance research doctorate awarded within the British university sector. He was awarded professorial status in 2002. In 2002 Professor David King was appointed Musical Director of the ‘Massed Bands of the North West of England’ to perform in the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Manchester. He was also guest conductor at the World Expo, Switzerland 2002.
David King has represented England in the European Brass Band Championships as a conductor on twelve occasions winning the title an unprecedented ten times. He has also won the Norwegian National Championships on ten occasions and has been awarded the Mortimer Award as winning conductor at the British Open Championships on four occasions.
In 2009 Professor King was appointed Professional Conductor of Brighouse & Rastrick Band winning the National Championships of Great Britain in the Royal Albert Hall, London in 2010 & 2011. He is also a recipient of the Iles Medal from The Worshipful Company of Musicians (London) and in 2010 the University of Salford, UK awarded David King Emeritus Professorship.
Regarded by his peers as a leading interpreter of wind music, Professor David King has commissioned, choreographed, directed and premiered award winning thematic projects for the concert platform working in collaboration with internationally acclaimed composers for the genre. Currently working across two hemispheres Professor King is founder and Artistic Director of National Australia Brass and the National Australia Youth Brass Band. He is also Music Advisor to the Federation of Australasian Brass Bands.