Over the last ten years, David Gray has built his profile to become one of the most active and critically acclaimed theatre organists performing on the international circuirt today.
He was born in 1990 and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, and developed an interest in music at the age of 4. The majority of David's musical work has been piano studies, and at the age of 13 he started attending a specialist music boarding school in Edinburgh, where he spent his remaining 5 years of high school, studying classical music performance intensively.
In 2008 David was admitted to the Royal Academy of Music in London on a full scholarship to study piano with Professor Hamish Milne. He completed his undergraduate degree in 2013 with first class honours and the highest mark in his year for his final recital, and immediately continued his postgraduate studies at the Adademy, also on a full scholarship. In that time he won many of the school's biggest prizes and prizes in international piano competitions, as well as performing in numerous important British concert halls and graduating again with the highest marks in his year for his concerto and final recital exams. In 2015-16 David was a fellow of the piano department at the Academy, and this year continues to run a small class, coaching the piano students.
His first experience playing a theatre organ was in 2004, on the Summerlee Compton in Glasgow. In 2005 he won the ATOS Young Theatre Organist Competition in Los Angeles, and has performed at five ATOS conventions since then. In 2007 he received the Cinema Organ Society's Ian Sutherland Award, and has performed widely in the UK, as well as completing three concert tours of Australia and New Zealand. In the last year he has travelled to the USA five times, and has performed at some of the most prestigious venues throughout the UK, USA Holland and Australia. Upcoming international engagements include numerous recording and concert trips to the USA, and concerts in the UK and Australia. David is also a co-patron of the Queensland Theatre Organ Society of Australia and the Canberra Theatre Organ Society of Australia.
In 2015 he was named the American Theatre Organ Society's Organist of the Year, which is their highest award for a player, and is soon to release his first CD, recorded on the 80 rank instrument at the residence of Jasper Sanfilippo in Illinois, USA.
Wed 30th November 2016 - Wed 30th November 2016