Dave Stapleton is a singular young artist and has been recently described by the Guardian as having “produced one of the success stories of UK jazz over the past year’. Since graduating in 2002 from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a degree in classical piano Dave has recorded six albums as a leader and has won critical acclaim for each album from the Guardian, Observer, Jazzwise, and Independent on Sunday. Dave’s industriousness and imagination has seen him write for and record with a variety of ensembles over the past few years.
In 2004 he formed his quintet (Dave Stapleton Quintet—DSQ), which provides the main outlet for his music. Since its formation they have released two highly acclaimed albums ‘When Life Was In Black and White’ and ‘The House Always Wins’ and seen them perform throughout Europe and the UK including the Budapest, Cork, Zagreb, Belgrade, London, Brecon and Cheltenham Jazz Festivals, the latter as part of the Jerwood Jazz Generation.
In 2005, Dave teamed up with Deri Roberts and recorded ‘The Conway Suite’. Devised as a project for church organ and saxophone, it includes music that crosses the boundaries between classical, jazz and contemporary minimalism. BBC Radio 3’s 'Mixing It' compared it to the Jan Garbarek and Hilliard Ensemble recordings and the Independent on Sunday awarded it a four star review. In 2008 Dave collaborated with award-winning composer and pianist Matthew Bourne which saw them release a highly acclaimed album called ‘Dismantling the Waterfall’. Featuring seventeen episodic tracks all linked by a seventeen line poem by Julie Tippetts, it was described by Jazzwise as “a fine collaboration between two of the UK’s most exciting young pianists”.