|Origin Sydney, Australia|
Genres Art music
Name Scott Davie
|Role Pianist · scottdavie.com.au|
Albums Pictures from an Exhibition
Scott Davie (born 1966) is an Australian concert pianist based in Sydney.
Davie was born in 1966, in Orange, New South Wales, but moved to Sydney at a young age. He was a student at the Conservatorium High School, where he won numerous awards and prizes. He later studied as an undergraduate student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, before relocating to London, studying at the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He completed his undergraduate degree at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he later completed both masters and a PhD, focusing on melodic language of Sergei Rachmaninoff. His teachers include Gerard Willems, Leslie Howard and Geoffrey Parsons.
Rachmaninoff manuscript discovery
In 2003, while researching Rachmaninoff material at the Library of Congress, Davie discovered a two-page sketch of a Rachmaninoff piano piece. While he was able to make a pencil copy, it wasn't until later he realized that the sketch was complete. Davie was given permission to make use of the piece by the composer's great-granddaughter, Natalie Wanamaker Javier, while attending the 2006 International Rachmaninoff Conference in Amsterdam. The piece was recorded and released by ABC Classics on his Pictures from an Exhibition CD. Since then the piece has been recorded by Vladimir Ashkenazy and released by Decca.
Performances of Rachmaninoff
Davie specializes in the music of Rachmaninoff and has released two discs on ABC Classics featuring the composer's music. In late November 2012, he gave the Australian premiere performances of the original version of Rachmaninoff's 4th Piano Concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy, to capacity audiences at the Sydney Opera House.
In 2005, Davie collaborated with Graeme Murphy, Janet Vernon and Sydney Dance Company on Grand, a full-length choreographed piano recital with the pianist performing live on stage.
Over 80 performances were given throughout Australia, and the production also featured at the Shanghai International Arts Festival in 2006 and toured the US in 2007.