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 (for the World Economic Forum), England (where he was a finalist in the Wigmore Hall Song Competition), 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, James Westman, 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 University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, the Royal Conservatory of Music, and Against The Grain Theatre and has also collaborated with Tapestry Opera, Opera In Reach, and Amplified Opera in numerous performances of Teiya Kasahara’s “The Queen In Me”. He is also the host and curator of ATG’s monthly Opera Pub which has run for five years consecutively to at-capacity audiences.
As a lecturer he speaks passionately about lesser-known composers and works, as well as singers of past generations both at the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory School as part of their Music Appreciation series. He was also featured as a guest speaker at the Toronto International Film Festival for the premiere of Maria by Callas.