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David Six
© Theresa Pewal

David was born in 1985 and grew up in a family rooted in Austrian Folk music. At the age of six he began playing classical piano. Soon it was clear that improvisation would take a leading role in his life. After studying piano at Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität in Linz, he left Austria to study Indian Classical Music with Manickam Yogeswaran in Berlin and later with Pandit Shailendra Mishra in New Delhi.

As a composer, David has worked in many different settings, ranging from solo piano to full orchestra. In 2018, he was rewarded with the Upper Austrian State Government Price (Landeskulturpreis) for his work platonic solids (op. 84). In 2016/17 David was nominated for the fifth edition of “The New Austrian Sound of Music”, a music support programme of the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

As a soloist and as a member of Stargaze, an ensemble working in classical and classical-contemporary music, David collaborated with many outstanding artists in genres of contemporary pop, electronica and various other genre, such as Aart Strootman, Dach, Shara Worden, Woodkid, Mira Lu Kovacs, Astronautalis, Daníel Fridrik Böðvarsson, Bryce Dessner, Laura Winkler’s Wabi-Sabi Orchestra, Awir Leon, Morris Kliphuis, The Barr Brothers, Terry Riley, Ramsch & Rosen, Bill Frisell, Astronautalis, Andrej Prozorov, David Six’ Matador, Wanja Slavin, Tarun Balani, Nora Fischer, Alexi Murdoch, Grant Hart, and many more.

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