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David Mears, from Abingdon in Oxfordshire, learned with Daniel Rye (Welsh National Opera) from the age of 11. He has benefitted from masterclasses with Karl Leister, Michael Collins, Philippe Cuper, Patrick Messina, Tim Lines, and Lesley Craven. Having graduated from the National Children’s Orchestra and the National Children’s Wind Sinfonia, he was a member of the National Youth Orchestra from 2007-11, where he cut his teeth as an orchestral musician under the coaching of renowned instrumentalists and conductors, and had the opportunity to perform at prestigious venues and festivals including the BBC Proms and the Barbican. Recently he performed Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, as a finalist in their Senior Concerto Competition. In 2014 he graduated with a 2.1 in Linguistics (BA) from Cambridge University, where he was a Derek Cornwell Instrumental Scholar for two years in a row, and played in both the main university orchestras: in Symphony Orchestra as bass clarinet and Chamber Orchestra as principal clarinet. While at Cambridge he studied the clarinet with David Campbell. Having been a laureate of the Cambridge University Musical Society Concerto Competition twice, he had the opportunity to perform concerti by Weber, Finzi, Copland and Debussy (Premiere Rhapsodie). Other competition successes include winning the Howarth Prize for Most Outstanding Wind Player at the North London Music Festival (2014), performing Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, as a beneficiary of the Oxford Philomusica Young Artists’ Platform (2008), and being one of five finalists at the Chandos Young Soloist Competition (2010). In September 2015 he started his Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music, where he now learns with Mark van de Wiel.
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