david pereira

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Who am I

David Pereira (born 21 September 1953) is an Australian classical cellist, who is considered one of the finest working today. He was Senior Lecturer in Cello at the Canberra School of Music from 1990 to 2008. Later he worked there as a Distinguished Artist in Residence. David resumed teaching cello at the school in April 2017 as a Senior Lecturer.

David Pereira is a highly regarded Australian classical cellist born in 1953. He studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Indiana University, and later went on to play with prestigious orchestras such as the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Pereira has performed all the cello concertos and major concertante pieces from the standard repertoire and has premiered concertos written for him by Australian composers. He has also recorded numerous works for cello, including the complete works of Peter Sculthorpe and Einojuhani Rautavaara and the complete solo cello suites of Johann Sebastian Bach. Additionally, Pereira is a composer and incorporates yoga into his daily routine, believing that it improves longevity and health. He has won many awards, including twice winning the Sounds Australian Award for the “Best Performance of an Australian Composition.” Pereira has also taught cello at the Canberra School of Music and runs his own cello-focused recital series.

Upcoming events

Experience David Pereira’s 70 Not Out! A remarkable musical journey of six different performances July-December 2023 to mark his 70th birthday featuring for Program 2. Featuring Edward Neeman on piano, David Pereira on cello, and a special guest artist, Lillian Fromyhr.

Tickets can also be purchased using credit/debit at the door!

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September 3, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - Canberra, ACT


Dreaming with Daisy

David Pereira & Rachel Scott


Dreaming with Daisy

Blue silence

Learn from the best

David Pereira is an experienced Australian cellist who offers highly personalised cello lessons to help students become complete musicians. He focuses on individualised instruction to maximise speed of development and enjoyment, rather than following a predetermined sequential development.​


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Poem for Zoe

David Pereira – May 2017

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Sergei Rachmaninoff Sonata for Cello

Edward Neeman & David Pereira – 2017

special compositions, for special occasions.

David Pereira is a highly skilled Australian cellist renowned for his expertise in performing and composing music. With years of experience, he offers his talent for various events, creating captivating compositions tailored to any occasion. Whether it’s a concert, wedding, or special gathering, David’s mastery of the cello adds a touch of elegance and charm.

… unbearable intensity brought mesmerizingly to life on this recording by the work’s premiere performer, David Pereira. This atmospherically recorded collection was presented to Sculthorpe – a wonderful gift for a very special composer.”
International Record Review

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David Pereira Cello Works

David Pereira Cello Works

This album is a tribute to the craft of the performer-composer, an almost lost calling that classical music has…

Keeping fit, Pereira’s talents are tied up in a bow

Keeping fit, Pereira’s talents are tied up in a bow

RETIREMENT is death’s waiting room,” cellist David Pereira says, so there’s no prize for guessing the meaning of his…

Enthralling, beautiful and perfect playing

Enthralling, beautiful and perfect playing

David Pereira & Edward Neeman in Concert At the Larry Sitsky Room, ANU School of Music, June 29, 2017.…

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