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Duncan Gifford


He was born in Sydney (Australia) in 1972. Since the academic year 2002-2003 he is Accompanying Pianist Professor at the Reina Sofía School of Music, in the Violin Chair with Head Professor Marco Rizzi, and since 2014, also in the “Alfredo Kraus” Fundación Ramón Areces Voice Chair with Head Professor Ryland Davies. He has performed in the National Auditorium in Madrid, in the Lázaro Galdiano, Marcelino Botín and Caja Madrid Foundations and in the Academy of Fine Arts of Madrid. Moreover, he has been a soloist in the Symphony Orchestra of Sydney, Chamber Orchestras of Australia and Vienna, and the Camerata Mozart Orchestra in Rome, among others. His most important international success was in 1998 with the First Grand Prize of the prestigious José Iturbi International Competition, in Spain, and in 2000 with the Grand Prix María Callas, in Athens. Among other major landmarks, he was awarded the Third Prize in the International Piano Competitions of Sydney (1992) and Montreal (1996).