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David M Ward


David Ward began his musical studies at the age of three and performed at a professional level at the age of eight, studying from this young age with professors of music at many colleges and universities. David received over eighty scholarship offers to various schools. As a young man, David graduated from the Juilliard School, Lincoln Center, which he attended on full scholarship. He was also chosen to receive a full scholarship to study under the direction of his mentor Gary Graffman (one of only two students of Vladimir Horowitz) at the Manhattan School of Music and the Music Academy of the West. Through Graffman, David found the connection he had been seeking to the greatest of pianists. When he invited David to be his student, Graffman did so saying, “Your playing made my ears wiggle. I would be honored to work with you.” David Ward’s other teachers include Adele Marcus, Sasha Gorodnitzki, Jerome Lowenthal, and Oxana Yablonskaya. David also received specialized private training in New York in piano technique from Jeaneane Dowis, teacher of piano mechanics for Rosina Lhevine at Juilliard and the Aspen Music Festival. David Ward finished his Doctorate at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. David Ward is the winner of numerous competitions and awards, including a Steinway grand piano which he won as a youth. Early judges and masterclasses included pianists such as Rosalyn Tureck, Lorin Hollander, and Gina Bachauer. David has given master classes in addition to all levels of piano instruction. He is a Steinway Artist who has appeared on television, radio, and in concert, including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Dr. Ward has been accepted for registration as Artist-in-Residence by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and was featured on National Public Radio and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church of Melbourne, Florida.

David Ward’s musicality and spirit are displayed through the unbounded artistry of his own exceptional style. Audiences have described his performances as “anointed,” “noble,” and “electrifying,” evidence of his heartfelt love for his music.

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“David Ward is a world-class pianist…whose natural rapport with the keyboard assures a permanent place for his musical star in the firmament with such piano luminaries as Horowitz, Rubinstein, Rachmaninoff, and Schnabel.”
- Daytona Beach News Journal, Daytona Beach Florida

“He’s very gifted and imaginative; he’s definitely among those top-notch gifted pianists…”
- Hattiesburg American, Hattiesburg, MS, Ed Kemp

“David is a performer I’ve been looking forward to working with…I know he’ll give a sparkling performance…”
- Florida Today, Melbourne, FL, Brevard Symphony Conductor Christopher Confessore
“David is the finest pianist we have ever heard…”
- Florida Today, Melbourne, FL, Bob Ryland

“David, your playing made my ears wiggle. I would be honored to work with you…” “I find David to be an extremely talented and conscientious pianist…” “David, you have a great way with the audience!-- That’s almost as important as your talent…” “David, your job is to play well, and play better than anyone else…You can help carry on the tradition of the ‘golden age’ of the piano…”

- Gary Graffman: Internationally-known concert pianist; one of only two students of the legendary Vladimir Horowitz; former President of the Curtis Institute; (teacher of fellow students Lang Lang and Yuja Wang)

“David’s playing is like that of the ‘golden age’ of the piano…”
- Jerome Lowenthal: Internationally-known concert pianist; former head of the piano department at Juilliard

“I have found an artist that I know is a truly great and important talent. To get a true fix on David, one must think of Horowitz, Rubinstein, Paderewski, and Rachmaninoff…”
- Mac Frampton: Internationally-known concert pianist/promoter

“Your interpretations are fresh and personal, with a divine touch and color, expressive depth, beautiful phrasing, and technical excitement and precision!! You play from the heart…”
- Alfred Watson: Internationally-known composer/pianist, Boston, MA

“The profound and free art of (David) is a real divine gift for all people who have a sense for classical music…” “So fabulous. When (David) plays the piano the compositions develop light and glamour, a holy glamour!...” “Mr. Ward transmits profound feeling in every second of his illuminated interpretations. To listen to his interpretations is a profound joy!...”
- Gerd Lindlar: Music critic, Berlin, Germany

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