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David Gowland

Biography

David Gowland is Artistic Director of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme. He has been associated with the Royal Opera House’s Young Artists Programme since its inception in 2000, initially as Director of Musical Preparation and from 2006 as Artistic Director. He regularly accompanies the Jette Parker Young Artists in recital.

Gowland studied at the Royal College of Music, where he won several prizes for piano accompaniment, and at the National Opera Studio. He joined the Glyndebourne music staff in 1987, winning the 1988 Jani Strasser Award, and worked there for 20 years. He was Head of Music Staff at the Grand Théâtre de Genève 1989–96, assisting such conductors as Bruno Bartoletti, Bruno Campanella, Mark Elder, Philippe Jordan, Emmanuel Plasson, Jeffrey Tate, Christian Thielemann and Edo de Waart. He has worked as assistant conductor/senior coach with companies including Paris Opéra, Dutch National Opera, Royal Danish Opera, Rome Opera, Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse, Teatro Real, Madrid, and the festivals of Aix-en-Provence, Chorégies de Orange, Salzburg and Wexford. He was senior coach on Der Ring des Nibelungen under Tate in Australia. Concert work has included the Edinburgh and Aldeburgh festivals and the BBC Proms.

Gowland is a visiting tutor with National Opera Studio, British Youth Opera, Scottish Opera Emerging Artists, New National Theatre Tokyo and all the major British conservatories. He is a regular jury member for national and international competitions and has given masterclasses in Stockholm, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Lithuania, Istanbul, Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul and Tasmania.

Videos

News and features

Watch: Opera's toughest vocal challenge

Watch: Opera's toughest vocal challenge

14 September 2017

Mozart's The Magic Flute features one of the most explosive tunes ever written – a challenge for even the best sopranos.

See the opera stars of tomorrow for free at ROH lunchtime recitals

See the opera stars of tomorrow for free at ROH lunchtime recitals

7 January 2014

Jette Parker Young Artists on why recitals are as important as singing on stage.

See the future stars of opera perform in free lunchtime recitals

See the future stars of opera perform in free lunchtime recitals

25 October 2013

Jette Parker Young Artists among those performing in lunchtime concerts.

Photos

Dominic Sedgwick, Francesca Chiejina, David Gowland and Noa Naamat, Meet the Young Artists Week

David Gowland and Sarah-Jane Lewis, Meet the Young Artists Lunchtime Recital

David Gowland, David Junghoon Kim and James Platt in recital during Meet the Young Artists Week 2015

David Gowland, Jennifer Davis and Simon Shibambu in recital during Meet the Young Artists Week 2016

David Gowland and Francesca Chiejina in recital during Meet the Young Artists Week 2016

David Gowland and Jacquelyn Stucker, Meet the Young Artists Ruch Hour Recital

Jette Parker Young Artist Luis Gomes performing in recital, accompanied by David Gowland

David Gowland, Jacquelyn Stucker and Aigul Akhmetshina, Meet the Young Artists Rush Hour Recital

Nick Fletcher, James Hendry and David Gowland, Meet the Young Artists Lunchtime Recital

Nick Fletcher, James Hendry and David Gowland, Meet the Young Artists Lunchtime Recital

David Gowland. Photo: Neil Gillespie

David Gowland, Jennifer Davis and Emily Edmonds performing at Blackheath Halls

Emily Edmonds and David Gowland in recital at Swiss Church, 2016

David Gowland and David Junghoon Kim in recital during Meet the Young Artists Week 2016

Jette Parker Young Artist Luis Gomes performing in recital, accompanied by David Gowland

Jette Parker Young Artist Luis Gomes performing in recital, accompanied by David Gowland

David Gowland and Simon Shibambu in recital during Meet the Young Artists Week 2016

Francesca Chiejina, Noa Naamat and David Gowland, Meet the Young Artists Week

David Gowland and Aigul Akhmetshina, Meet the Young Artists Rush Hour Recital

Gyula Nagy, David Gowland, Nick Fletcher, James Hendry, Jacquelyn Stucker, Francesca Chiejina, Haegee Lee, Angela Simkin, Aigul Akhmetshina, Sarah-Jane Lewis and Konu Kim

David Gowland and Jette Parker Young Artist Madeleine Pierard performing a lunchtime recital

Jette Parker Young Artist Luis Gomes performing in recital, accompanied by David Gowland