The young classical accordionist David Farmer has already attracted considerable critical acclaim: "A talent to watch" The Independent. "He is manifestly born to his instrument. He seems almost organically joined to it, with a naturalness of technique that is clearly a natural stylishness" The Sunday Times "....played with beguiling presence and skill" Financial Times "The brilliant accordionist David Farmer squeezed and shook sounds from his instrument that we hardly guessed existed" Evening Standard
Since his debut in the BBC Proms in 1998, David has toured internationally as resident accordionist of the Icebreaker Ensemble. In 1999 he was invited by composer Karl Jenkins to feature as a soloist on the best-selling recording Adiemus IV, resulting in a world premiere performance at the Royal Albert Hall and a tour of Japan.
He has been involved in many other diverse projects, from performing at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in their production of Martinu's Greek Passion (conductor Sir Charles Mackerras), to working with the Irish Band, The Corrs, in the Royal Albert Hall.
David was born in Scotland, and studied with Owen Murray at the Royal Academy of Music, London and Matti Rantanen at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki. In June 2000 he graduated from the Postgraduate performance course at the Royal Academy of Music having been awarded the prestigious DipRAM.
A major prize-winner at the International "Coupe Mondiale" for accordion soloists, he also won the Keyboard section and was finalist in the 1997 Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition. In 1998 he gave a recital in the Purcell Room as part of the Park Lane Group Young Artists' series, and was also featured in a broadcast with Richard Baker on Classic FM.
David has been invited to sit as a member of several international competition juries, including the Beijing International Accordion Competition, where he also gave a recital, and the Finnish National Competition.