David Barnard is the Head of Accompanying and Vocal Coaching at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, where he teaches the subtle art of piano accompanying and works closely with the vocal department as the head vocal coach, for both opera and song interpretation. David coordinates the team of accompanists who work with the students and is himself a strong advocate for the training of pianists to collaborate and develop their skills as accompanists, opera repetiteurs and chamber musicians.
Born in Australia, David graduated from his undergraduate degrees at the remarkable age of 18 and pursued a career in the UK through his family heritage. His studies continued with British Youth Opera and he became a Britten-Pears Young Artist. His career has spanned many opera companies as repetiteur & vocal coach, song recitals, orchestral playing & chamber music radio broadcasts. David was based in the UK for 13 years and returned to Australia as Head of Music for the State Opera of South Australia before working closely with the vocal department of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. He was awarded a 50th Anniversary Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2015.