David Ward began his musical studies at the age of three and performed at a professional level at the age of eight, studying with professors of music at various colleges and universities from a young age. These universities included the universities of Central Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Illinois, and Michigan. The early teachers at these colleges included Dr. Gary Wolf, Dr. Lois Barfield, Dr. Thrash-Leventhal, Donald Walker, and Dr. Charles Fischer.
David Ward graduated from the Juilliard School, Lincoln Center, New York, which he attended on full scholarship, and was chosen to receive a full scholarship and study under the direction of Gary Graffman (one of only two students Vladimir Horowitz taught) at the Manhatten School of Music and the Music Academy of the West in California. Dr. Ward’s other teachers include Adele Marcus and Jeaneane Dowis (emphasis in technique and mechanics) and Sasha Gorodnitzki, Oxana Yablonskaya, and Jerome Lowenthal (emphasis in artistry and interpretation). David Ward finished his Doctorate at The University of Southern Mississippi.
Dr. David Ward is the winner of numerous competitions and awards, including a Steinway grand piano which he won as a youth. He has given master classes in addition to all levels of piano instruction. He is a Steinway Artist who has appeared on television, radio, and in concert, including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Dr. Ward has been accepted for registration as Artist-in-Residence by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and was featured regularly on National Public Radio and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church of Melbourne, Fl. Dr. Ward’s musicality and spirit are displayed through the unbounded artistry of his own exceptional style, and his heartfelt love for his music is evidenced by audiences who have described his performances as “anointed” and “noble”.