David Macfarlane's BiographyDavid in Leipzig

David Macfarlane is a Melbourne based musician whose interests and abilities cover a diverse spectrum of stylistic performance from liturgical chant through instrumental and vocal music of the renaissance to contemporary classical music. David is equally at home on organ and harpsichord as a soloist and accompanist as well as accompanying regularly on piano and he is passionate about both performance and teaching on these instruments. Conducting and training choirs as well as working with singers is another strand in David’s expertise and experience.


He is active as a soloist, continuo player, conductor, accompanist and teacher.

David is the organist at Newman College, the University of Melbourne, and is a staff member of both the University of Melbourne and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

 

 

Couperin, Bach, Telemann & Quantz

23 September 2018

Greg DikmanFollowing on from our performance as part of August's Melbourne Baroque Orchestra Gala Concert, Greg Dikmans ('Quantz' flute) and I (harpsichord) present a concert with music close to our hearts. We will couple J.S. Bach's Sonata in B minor for flute & harpsichord (BWV 1030) with F. Couperin's Suite in B minor (8ème Ordre) for harpsichord solo, regarded by scholars and performers as the one of the greatest suites of the French Clavecin school. This concert provides a rare opportunity to experience this work and to enjoy it in the context of Bach's sonata for flute and harpsichord in the same key.

Greg will perform solo flute Fantasias of G.Ph. Telemann, works that he has explored throughout his career, and to which he brings a wealth of experience. We will combine again for a sonata by J.J. Quantz written in what he called the ‘mixed’ style (using elements of the French, Italian, German and Polish styles) and movements from F. Couperin's 8th Concert in the Theatrical style (the pure French style in homage to the airs and dances in Lully’s operas)..

Sunday 3.00 pm
23 September 2018

Chapel of Newman College
887 Swanston St.,
Parkville

Tickets: $35/$20

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Performances

David has played in numerous performances for the annual Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields, the Scots’ International Organ Festival, the Newman College Advent Festival, the Past Echoes Autumn Festival, the Melbourne International Festival of Organ and Harpsichord, the Organ Society of South Australia, the Society of Organists, Victoria, the Organ Music Society of Sydney, St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne, St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, as well as the Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney Town Halls and for many churches and colleges.

Since 2014 David has averaged more than one tour per year to Europe performing in countries such as Germany, Belgium, France, Austria, England, Jersey, Slovania and Italy.
David has played for performances given by La Campagna, the Melbourne Baroque Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra Virtuosi, the Melbourne Classical Players, the Australian Chamber Choir, e21, the Star Chorale, Canterbury Fellowship, Gloriana, St John’s Southgate, the Newman College Choir, the Consort of Melbourne, and the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic. He has also presented numerous chamber music concerts with the leading early music specialists in Australia and overseas and has been broadcast live and recorded by a number of national broadcast companies.

Compositions, both solo and ensemble, have been commissioned for David and he has given first performances of works by many composers including the Australian composers Timothy McKenry, Christopher Willcock, Elliot Geiger, Christopher Luke, Rosalie Bonighton and Brett McKern. He was chosen to perform the winning entries of the New Organ Music of Australia competition for the awards ceremony in 2008 and to perform for the launch of The Southern Cross Collection - Organ Music by Australian Composers in 2009.

David’s interest and knowledge of liturgical music was utilised as Director of Music at St Michael’s Uniting Church, Collin St, Melbourne (1996-2002), and All Saints’ Anglican Church, East St Kilda (2004-2012), where he was recognised for his development of the only parish church choir in Australia with a traditional English cathedral style all-male choir.

Education

When based in Vienna, David performed around Europe and officiated on the historically classified 1741 Dacci organ in the church of Salvator am Wienerfeld where he was the Director of Music. He graduated from the University of Performing Arts, Vienna, in 1992, where he studied in the performance and church music departments under Michael Radulescu (organ and improvisation), Gordon Murray (harpsichord), Augusta Campagna (continuo), Maria Seidlhofer (piano) and Erwin Ortner (choir training and conducting). Masterclasses afforded David the opportunity to work with other leading European musicians including Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Susan Landale, Ton Koopman, Rudi Meyer, Marie-Claire Alain, Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden and Peter Hurford.

David’s undergraduate studies were in organ and musicology at the NSW State Conservatorium of Music and the University of Sydney. David studied organ with David Rumsey and Robert Ampt, harpsichord and organ with David Kinsela, and conducting with Clive Pascoe. David's earliest organ teacher was David Clark, now the driving force behind teaching pipe organ using the Suzuki method in Australia.

 

Other Activities

David enjoys jogging in a park where he is accompanied by numerous Eastern Grey Kangaroos and native birds, a few echidnas and wombats, foxes, water dragons and even the occasional snake. Photography is a hobby that David enjoys particularly when he is travelling for his overseas concerts.

A number of publications and presentations to international symposiums date from engineering times. He was part of the team that won the inaugural Melbourne Business School's Melbourne University Entrepreneurs Challenge in 2000, and subsequently established Dynamic Hearing after attracting funding of several million dollars to commercialise the DSP algorithm for hearing aids that he implemented on research and commercial platforms.