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Faculty of Music

 David Thomas Cotter


PhD Candidate


David is currently reading for his PhD in Music in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge, under the supervision of Professor John Rink. His thesis is entitled Collaborative Creativity in Classical Guitar Performance: ‘Reassessing the Role of Accompanist’.

Previously, David completed his MPhil in Music Studies at the University of Cambridge (2017-18), and obtained a BA in Music (1st Class Honours) at the University of Durham (2013-16).

In recent years David has studied with some of the world's leading musicians including:

Alison Smith (University of Plymouth, UK)
Andrew West (Royal Academy of Music, UK)
Antigoni Goni (Greece)
Carlos Bonell (Royal College of Music, UK)
Dame Emma Kirkby (UK)
Daniela Rossi (Argentina)
David Russell (Scotland)
Diego Castro Magas (Catholic University of Chile, Chile)
Graham Devine (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, UK)
Hector Sequera (University of Durham, UK)
Jacob Heringman (UK)
John Mills (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, UK)
John Snijders (University of Durham, UK)
Margarita Escarpa (Spain)
Máximo Diego Pujol (Argentina)
Miloš Karadaglić (Montenegro)
Paco Seco (Spain)
Pavel Steidl (Czech Republic)

Passionate about ensemble performance, David frequently collaborates with cellists, choirs, clarinetists, composers, electronics, flautists, guitarists, guitar orchestras, harpists, percussionists, pianists, recorder players, singers, and violinists. He performs as one half of Duo Palatino, with mezzo-soprano Sophie Kidwell.

Other musical interests range from EDM to progressive rock music, and particularly the music of Genesis.


  • Accompaniment
  • Aesthetics
  • Classical guitar
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Ensemble performance
  • Entrainment
  • Expressiveness
  • Flow
  • Gesture
  • Improvisation
  • Live performance
  • Motion capture
  • New complexity
  • Phenomenology
  • Physicality of performance
  • Practice-led research
  • Sound analysis
  • Virtual Reality