David Power was born in London in 1962 but spent most of his childhood in York. His initial interest was rock music. However, the electronic instrumentals on David Bowie’s ‘Berlin’ albums led him to become increasingly interested in more experimental music and, in due course, he discovered the music of composers such Boulez and Stockhausen. This prompted a change in direction. He studied composition with Richard Steinitz, Steve Ingham and Roger Marsh.
In the late 1990’s – following a difficult period compositionally – he wrote Eight Miniatures for Piano and these saw him adopt a simpler and more direct tone in his music which continues to this day. Much of his music prior to the Miniatures has now been withdrawn.
His work has been performed throughout the UK and, from time to time, in Europe and the USA. It has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and national networks in Austria, Hong Kong and the Republic of Ireland. His work appears on six CDs including the Delta Saxophone Quartet’s Bowie, Berlin and Beyond and Duncan Honeybourne’s One Hundred Years of British Piano Miniatures. However his biggest success to date is online. His Piano Miniature No 2 has secured over two and a quarter million streams worldwide and is the Naxos Grand piano label’s fifth most spotify streamed track of all time. A long way behind – but catching up! – is his Piano Miniature No 4 which has secured over 175,000 streams on spotify to date.
Future plans include the release of a CD devoted to his songs – this was recorded last September and is now at the editing stage. Some of his piano music will appear on a CD centred on the piano music of the late Peter Reynolds which is being recorded later this year.