Music Lecturer Makes The Grade

One of the Music department’s PhD graduates, David Onac, has had one of his piano compositions included in the newly released Grade 5 syllabus of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). This means that piano students all across the world will be learning and playing his music!

The piece, called ’A Distant Start in the Stillness’, has already received rave reviews from musicians and teachers, with one describing it as ’my standout piece of the new syllabus... it’s an outstanding composition from a name I’ve not come across before. I hope he’s someone we’ll see and hear lots more from in the future’.

David graduated from Manchester with a PhD in Composition in 2013. Last year he held a fixed-term lectureship in composition here.

His piece, which is featuring in a promotional campaign for the new syllabus, can already be heard on YouTube:

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