David Selig, piano

4 Augst 2019, Sunday 2pm – Wyselaskie Auditorium


A programme exploring the idea of narrative – music that tells stories, or suggesting images. Debussy, a master of piano writing, greatly admired Chopin (producing his own Preludes, and Etudes) but also Schumann, whose works he transcribed. Schumann, after imagining a life as a writer, continued to write imaginatively about music and composers, famously announcing the arrival of Chopin as a young genius.

Debussy, 3 préludes
-‘La Cathédrale Engloutie’
-‘Ce qu’a vu le vent d’Ouest’
Schumann, Kreisleriana, op. 16
Chopin, Barcarolle, op. 60

Meet the Artist

David Selig is a passionate and eclectic artist, performing across the world as soloist, in chamber music and song recitals.

Born in Melbourne, Australia, David began piano lessons at the age of six, later also learning cello and percussion.  In 1976 he moved to Paris where he studied at the National Conservatoire with Aldo Ciccolini.   He pursued further studies with Guido Agosti and Geoffrey Parsons and subsequently won prizes at the Sydney piano competition and the inaugural accompaniment competition in the Hague.

David has performed in many of the great concert halls including Salle Pleyel, Concertgebouw and Carnegie Hall. His love of chamber music has led him to collaborate with many renowned artists. He performs with singers such as Felicity Lott, Christianne Stotijn, Sandrine Piau, Jard van Nes, Elly Ameling, Teresa Berganza, François le Roux, and instrumental partners include Gary Hoffman, Philippe Graffin, Marc Coppey, Jane Peters and Noël Lee.

In 1989 he participated in the inaugural recital series at the Bastille Opéra, and his début recording (Villa-Lobos) was released. Further recordings appear on Adda, REM (with François le Roux) Forlane and Globe. His latest recording of Mendelssohn cello works, with Gary Hoffman, appears on the Dolce Volta label.

Mr. Selig performs regularly in France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, the United States and the Far East, as well as in his native Australia. He conducts masterclasses in chamber music and in song repertoire. He has directed the concert series ‘Journées Romantiques’, on a Parisian barge, and in 2011 he was named professor at the Lyons Conservatoire National Supérieur. Next season sees him touring extensively, a programme of the five Beethoven cello Sonatas, with his regular partner Gary Hoffman. They have been recorded on video for future broadcast.