French pianist David Zobel is a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and a Sony ES Award for Musical Excellence. He earned degrees in accompanying from The Juilliard School and in singers’ coaching from the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique in Paris.
Mr. Zobel enjoys a successful career as collaborative pianist and opera accompanist in France and abroad. He regularly accompanies singers at distinguished competitions, including the Plácido Domingo International Voice Competition, Le concours de la ville de Paris, Concours international d’opéra in Marseille, the Queen Elisabeth Competition, and the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna.
As an opera coach, he is associated with Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Vienna State Opera, Het Muziektheater Amsterdam, Opéra National de Montpellier, Festival de Radio France in Montpellier, Festival d’Aix en Provence, and the Stanislawski Theatre. He has worked with many distinguished conductors, including Christoph von Dohnányi, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Lawrence Foster, Alain Altinoglu, Antonino Fogliani, and Marc Minkowski. With Mr. Minkowski, Mr. Zobel collaborated in the Olivier Py production of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande in Moscow, which received the Russian Golden Mask National Theatre Award for Best Opera of the Year and Best Conductor, and on which Philippe Béziat based his film Le chant des aveugles.
With Ms. DiDonato, Mr. Zobel has performed on some of the world’s most prestigious concert stages, including at Teatro alla Scala, Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, Gran Teatre de Liceu in Barcelona, La Monnaie in Brussels, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pessaro. Mr. Zobel accompanies Ms. DiDonato on her first highly acclaimed solo album The Deepest Desire, which was awarded the Diapason d’Or de l’Année.