David Holyoake

David is an Australian/British composer. He holds a bachelor of Creative Arts and a Bachelor of Laws with honours from the University of Melbourne. David began composing while studying at University. In 2006 he was selected as an Associate Composer of the Australian Music Centre. Since that time he has developed a focus on concert music, but continues to take commissions to write for theatre, contemporary dance, and film in a variety of genres. In Australia he has worked with leading contemporary classical musicians including Silo String quartet, and collaborated with artists from other disciplines including Gerard Van Dyke of Kage physical theatre. So far, the concert music he has produced is predominantly chamber music, which has been performed at such venues as the Great Hall of the National Gallery of Victoria, and the Brisbane Convention Centre. He has explored and studied other art forms and has also acted as author and creative director for theatre in both Melbourne and London. When not pursuing artistic work, David also works part time as law and policy advisor on climate change with European environmental law activists ClientEarth.

In 2006 David won second prize for piano composition at the Keys Australian Music Competition, and well as the encouragement award for advanced composition. In 2008 he received an arts development grant from Arts Victoria to create and record new chamber works (Transfigurations). In 2012, he was commissioned by Nyctolopic dance-theatre company to create and record an original soundtrack for The City Will Crumble, with grant support from the UK Arts Council and the Norwegian Embassy. This was a new physical theatre work inspired by the philosophy and aesthetic of film noir. Through his representation with the Australian Music Centre, a number of his works have been included in the music syllabus for New South Wales. David is a member of the Melbourne Composers League and has had works performed at a number of their concerts.