David Scheel

David Scheel

David Scheel is a true South Australian success story. Born at Stirling in the Adelaide Hills he studied at the University of Adelaide, gaining an Honours degree in languages and a concert diploma on the piano. However, coming from a theatrical family theatre was Davidís first love, and after a short... more

David Scheel is a true South Australian success story. Born at Stirling in the Adelaide Hills he studied at the University of Adelaide, gaining an Honours degree in languages and a concert diploma on the piano. However, coming from a theatrical family theatre was Davidís first love, and after a short stint on stage, in films and on television he decided - like so many before him - to try his luck in England. The gamble was so successful that it was to keep David away from Australian shores for the best part of 18 years.

In the UK Davidís work ranged across a broad spectrum, from pantomimes with the likes of Norman Wisdom, to work with the National Theatre, TV series such as Bergerac, plus many TV and radio appearances, principally for the BBC. However, it was when David went solo, combining comedy with classical music, that his career really took off. His best-known show, Donít Shoot Me, Iím Only the Piano Player, sold out in Londonís West End, at 3 consecutive Edinburgh Festivals, picking up a Variety Club of Great Britain award along the way. West End offers soon followed, plus many more appearances on top-rating BBC series, including Stop the Week and The Garden Party, on both of which David was a regular weekly guest.

Since returning to Australia in 1994 David has expanded his international touring schedule into the USA and Canada, and in October 2002 undertook his first tour of South East Asia, breaking box office records throughout the region. He has also devised two new programs, Maestro, A Celebration of Musical Eccentrics, and his latest offering, A Shorte Hysterical Historie of Musicke, which he describes as ďthe most satisfying program Iíve ever written. I think itís just as funny as Donít Shoot Me... and the music content is, if anything, better.Ē An assessment agreed upon by critics when the new show opened at Arizona State University in late 2001. A Shorte H H... was also filmed and broadcast on US television in August 2002.

Away from mixing classical music and comedy, David is also an award-winning serious composer, and a highly respected writer on conservation issues. Since 1993 he has been happily married to his Romanian wife, Tatiana, a passionate devotee of philosophy, ancient history and classic music, and "the perfect partner". David and Tatiana live in the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park in New South Wales.