DAVID SCHEEL
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

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 David's 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 David's 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, Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player, sold out in London's 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.

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.