Most unusually David Lardi gained his LTCL Performer’s Diploma in Recorder while still at school. From there he went on to study at Trinity College of Music for six years as well as at the Accademia Musicale Chigana in Siena, Italy. Additionally he took Master Classes with Frans Brüggen.
On concluding his studies he was immediately appointed Professor of Recorder at Trinity – at the time one of the youngest ever such professorial appointments – where he founded the Early Music Department in the Junior College and held this position for over twenty years.
During his years as a recorder player he has given well over three thousand recitals, lecture/recitals and concerto appearances in many venues including in London the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and the National Theatre on the South Bank as well as churches too numerous to mention. Additionally he has been a regular player in numerous early music ensembles, most notably the Holborne Concert of which he was a founder member.
Like Brüggen before him he quickly moved over to a career as a professional conductor. His knowledge of period performance practice has helped inform his interpretations over a whole range of music.
He has adjudicated in competitive music festivals throughout the length of the country.