David Young is a composer currently based in Berlin and was the Artistic Director of Chamber Made Opera from 2010 – 2013. During his time in the role, he transformed the company, remarkably commissioning more than 10 new Australian chamber operas.
With the late Margaret Cameron, he composed, directed and presented the Minotaur Trilogy, the first part of which premiered on Bruny Island as part of Ten Days on the Island.
David was the founding Artistic Director of Aphids which remains one of Australia’s most innovative cross-artform producing organisations. Over his 15 years in this role, David created performance projects with a great number of Australian and international artists with projects created in Australia and Japan, Mexico, Belgium, Italy, Holland, Germany, Switzerland and Denmark. He has a national profile, creating and presenting work in major venues and festivals as well as working regionally and with communities.
His music has been commissioned and performed by ensembles and musicians including the Ives Ensemble (The Netherlands), Fritz Hauser (Switzerland), Æquatuor (Switzerland), Norio Sato (Japan), Tosiya Suzuki (Japan), Yasutaka Hemmi (Japan), Manufacture Ensemble (Japan), Champ d’Action (Belgium), Ensemble 2000 (Denmark), and Australia’s Elision, The Song Company, Libra Ensemble, Australian Youth Orchestra, Speak Percussion, Michael Kieran Harvey, Ensemble Offspring and Aphids.
David has served on many boards and committees including the New Music Network (Sydney), RealTime Open City, the Australian Music Centre and Chamber Made Opera. He is a member of the Truscott Design Circle, and was also co-founder of the charity SoFA (Social Firms Australia) which assists organisations to set up businesses that employ people with disabilities.