David John Pike
Canadian-Luxembourg baritone David John Pike has a widely varied repertoire covering early music, oratorio, symphonic, opera, and commissioned works. In his native Canada, in the UK, and across Europe, he has worked with leading ensembles including Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, London Philharmonic, and the Schweizer Kammerchor under the direction of Jurowski, Koopman, Marriner, Mehta, Rattle, and Zinman. He has an established reputation as an operatic and concert soloist.
His debut recording, Whither must I wander?, with pianist Isabelle Trüb, earned a five-star review in BBC Music Magazine and was nominated for Recording of the Year by MusicWeb International. Of his previous album on Analekta with the Gryphon Trio, Immortal and Beloved, Frédéric Cardin of Radio-Canada wrote: “There’s no lack of competition for David John Pike. Amongst the preferred interpretations that have impressed me since the 2000s, there are those of Christian Gerhaher and Matthias Goerne, beacons of perfection and appropriate temperament. Pike, it has to be said, takes his place in this firmament. His profound timbre is just sombre enough to evoke the emotional distancing that illustrates the poet’s desire to isolate himself and block the pain of unattainable love.”
Pike studied with William Perry at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto; under Theresa Goble at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London; and privately with American bass Daniel Lewis Williams in Germany. He has worked with Sherill Milnes, Ian Bostridge, Gerald Finley, and Metropolitan Opera assistant conductor Joan Dornemann.