American baritone, David John Davani, is known for his musicality and his innate ability to convey the intentions of composers in performance. Industry professionals have referred to him as “a part of the future of American music.” Conductors and pianists find it easy to work with David because of his vast orchestral and chamber music experience. He is based in the New York metropolitan area and studies with master-teacher David L. Jones
His performances include those with the Stony Brook Opera, the Art Song Preservation Society of New York's "Spring into Song" Series at the National Opera Center, solo appearances with the Stony Brook University Orchestra, as well as recitals at the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University and at the Mannes College of Music. In December 2016, he performed in the world premiere of celebrated composer Jonathan Dawe's new opera, "Nero and the Fall of Lehman Brothers" at the Italian Academy in New York City.
Since 2014, David has appeared in master classes with tenors George Shirley and Frank Lopardo, baritone William Stone, as well as Mikael Eliasen, Mark Markham, and Ted Altschuler. In 2017, he was invited to attend SongFest as a Colburn Fellow in Los Angeles, California. In addition, David has performed as a soloist at several festivals, including Curtis SummerFest and Mannes’s Bernstein and Mendelssohn festivals.
He has won and placed in multiple national competitions including the 2016 Gerda Lissner Lieder and Song Competition, the Artist Concert Series of Sarasota’s 2016 competition for voice, The Friday Woodmere Classical Music Club's 2016 Young Artist Competition, the 2015 American Prize for Art Songs, the 2015 Five Towns Music and Arts Foundation competition, the 2014 North Shore Chamber Choir Marilyn C. Lloyd award, and in 2013 was a National YoungArts Foundation award winner.
David received his bachelor’s and master's degrees in music from Stony Brook University, where he studied both voice and clarinet as Bright Light’s Scholar in his undergraduate studies and solely voice as a recipient of the prestigious Neumiller Scholar Award, a full scholarship for performance excellence, in his graduate studies.
David began studying the clarinet at age 11 at the Mannes College of Music’s preparatory division; he was later accepted to their rigorous honor’s program on both clarinet and voice studying with voice teacher Lois Winter.