Interpretation through Improvisation


David Dolan works regularly with pupils, teaching them improvisation in a classical or baroque style. This involves first teaching the student how to understand the harmonic language underlying the music and then helping them to learn how to improvise in that idiom. Such work is invaluable when it comes to creating cadenzas for Mozart Concerti, for example, but can also help students enormously when tackling conventional non-improvised repertoire. He therefore works regularly with pupils on the music of Bach. In the course of each year, other musicians are invited to lead workshops concerning other forms of improvisation.


David Dolan

David Dolan has devoted his career as a concert pianist, researcher and teacher, to the revival of the art of classical improvisation and its various applications in performance. In his world-wide performances, he incorporates extemporisation within the well-known classical repertoire in repeats, eingangs and cadenzas.

In reaction to this solo CD, “When Interpretation and Improvisation Get Together” (OSF 49018), which includes works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Schubert, with improvised cadenzas, Lord Yehudi Menuhin proclaimed: “David Dolan is giving new life to classical music.”

David is engaged as a professor at the Yehudi Menuhin School and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he is the head of the Centre for Creative Performance and Classical Improvisation. David gives master classes at Bloomington University, Paris and Geneva conservatoires, the Rubin Music Academy in Israel, the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, the New England Conservatory, and the Julliard School.

David is an associate of Clare Hall, Cambridge University.