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David Pyke

Name: David Pyke
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Location: Mackay
Australia 4740
Contact: +61423289402
P.O Box 3876
North Mackay, QLD 4740

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Additional Info: Orchestral and chamberworks composer

Recorded original ballet work with Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra in Bulgaria 2011-Ballet of the Matryoshka Dolls

Collaborating with Central Queensland University to sync varios compositions
David W. Pyke
David William Pyke is an Australian born composer. His works include the Ballet of the Matryoshka Dolls and his Symphony no.4 Great Barrier Reef as well as numerous other works for chamber and orchestra.
He was educated at schools in Brisbane but his first year of high school was at St Leo's College Wahroonga Sydney where he took up playing cornet. Returning to Brisbane to finish four more years of high school, David got involved in church music ensembles.
David took up the offer to enroll in a science degree at Griffith University. Whilst at university, David was able to become involved in after-hours Jazz and other music groups.
Unable to secure a job with his Bachelor of Science, David further enrolled in a Bachelor of Education degree to train as a teacher. Part of his course, his second teaching area, he chose music under Astrid Shummy who introduced David to musical score reading and analysis. David became fascinated by what he saw as form of musical architecture i.e. the construction of multi-part orchestral scores. He began experimenting while still at university and some light arranging for small groups. Meanwhile, David continued to play trumpet professionally in some of Brisbane's Greek, Italian and world music bands.
In 2000, David decided to take up a teaching position in London. Being more limited in his musical contacts in the new city, although he played regularly with a bebop group at Tonbridge Wells, David began to experiment further with ensemble writing. The London job proved to be less desirable than first hoped so David applied for another teaching job in the Middle East. David was successful in his application and he relocated from London to Al Ruwais, a remote township in the United Arab Emirates, around two hours drive north of the capital Abu Dhabi. It was in this secluded environment that David was afforded much time to experiment and write orchestrations. He started to churn out short pieces and then was inspired to attempt a more sizeable work; his first short Symphony –Symphony number 1 in D minor.
In 2003, a chamber concert by members of the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra was held at the Bergteil Museum in Durban, South Africa which premiered two hours of David's written pieces. David returned to Australia in late 2003 and was successful in applying for an RADF grant to write a short fantasia for orchestra, Young Leaf. An excerpt of this piece has subsequently been animated by students from the CQ University under Dr Ashley Holmes.
In 2004, David moved to the Mackay region where he took up our teaching position for Education Queensland. In October that year, the Symphony number 1 in D minor was premiered at the Mackay entertainment centre by local musicians. In 2005, David began writing a full-length ballet piece orchestra, Ballet of Matryoshka Dolls. This work represented the most sophisticated orchestral work to date and eventually received interest from abroad. In 2006, David successfully applied for another RADF grant through Mackay City Council to write a full symphony themed upon the Great Barrier Reef.
In June 2011, the Ballet of the Matryoshka Dolls was recorded and performed in Pazardzhik, Bulgaria by the Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra. This concert organised by Serdica Music of Sofia Bulgaria. Chaconne Music is the publisher of his work and they are catalogued in the National Library of Australia
Specialisms: Commissions, Contemporary Classical
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