David Eliakis (he/him) – Pianist
As a sought-after voice coach, host, and lecturer, pianist David Eliakis continues to expand his musical offerings both on the concert stage and in the lecture hall. His performances have taken him to the stages of Brazil, Switzerland (World Economic Forum), England (as a finalist in the Wigmore Hall Song Competition), Northern Ireland, Germany, and across Canada as pianist and musical director for Against The Grain Theatre’s national tour of La Bohème.
His collaborations include some of the country’s greatest singers: Isabel Bayrakdarian, Ben Heppner, Richard Margison, and Measha Brueggergosman. A recipient of the Ontario Arts Council Chalmers Award, David had the honour of studying privately with Warren Jones (Manhattan School of Music) in New York City, as well as working with Julius Rudel, Sir Martin Isepp, Dalton Baldwin, Graham Johnson, and Roger Vignoles.
David shares his time between the Royal Conservatory of Music where he is on faculty as a Voice Coach and lecturer, as well as the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, and has also collaborated with Tapestry Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, Opera In Reach, and Amplified Opera in numerous performances of Teiya Kasahara’s “The Queen In Me”, including their recent performances in Belfast. He was also the host and curator of ATG’s monthly Opera Pub for five years consecutively to sold-out audiences.
As a lecturer he speaks passionately about under-represented composers and works, as well as singers of past generations. He was also featured as a guest speaker at the Toronto International Film Festival for the premiere of Maria by Callas.