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“Whenever the shape is clear for you,
the spirit will also clear."

Source: Musical Home- and Aphorisms of Life by Robert Schumann

David Mannesse grew up in a musical family, in a climate in which the future musician was able to develop optimally. His father played the piano, his brother the violin, his sister violin and harp, an instrument for which David also had a gift. Yet he chose the piano, which he has played since he was eight years old. His mother taught him the first principles, and he mastered the instrument surprisingly quickly. He started to teach when he was only twelve years of age. It seemed to be evident that he would choose to follow piano studies, a choice he made after a year studying medicine and dentistry. Janine van Mever was his coach at the Music Academy in Arnhem, after which he took classes from Willem Brons and Jan Wijn.

“Play frequently with others. This will make your performance flowing and powerful/potent/effective.””

Mannesse's performance of Robert Schumann's Lieder Cycle 'Dichterliebe', together with baritone Hans Zomer, received the following review:
“ David has performed this work previously, but this grand piano and this ambience added an extra dimension. Artistry and inspiration did the rest”.

Nowadays the enthusiastic pianist devotes his time to teaching and giving workshops, and especially to his performance as a soloist. Mannesse has performed a number of times at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, during the Canal festival (Grachtenfestival) and on many other podia in the Netherlands. He is booked regularly for house concerts and business parties. His repertoire includes music by Van Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin. A CD was released on the Globe label in 1994, on which David Mannesse plays works by the Dutch composer Herman Strategier, who personally dedicated his Zes Préludes (1986) to this performer. In November 2002 he presented the first CD on his own label at Cristofori in Amsterdam, with a recording of early piano works by Sergey Rachmaninov.
This CD received good reviews and is played regularly on the Dutch Radio 4 and the Concert broadcasting channel De Concertzender. As a result of his Rachmaninov CD, Mannesse gave his first performances in various cities in the USA, including Pittsburgh, during the Summer of 2003. His first performance in Asia will take place in February 2005, when he is to give a benefit concert in Sri Lanka in aid of the Child Right organization.