David Gowland studied at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. He joined the Glyndebourne music staff in 1987 and worked there for 20 years. He was Head of Music Staff at the Grand Théâtre de Genève 1989-96 and has worked as assistant conductor/senior coach with companies including Opéra National de Paris, Dutch National Opera, Royal Danish Opera, Opera di Roma, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Théâtre Capitole de Toulouse, Teatro Real di Madrid, State Opera of South Australia and the Festivals of Aix-en-Provence, Chorégies de Orange, Salzburg and Wexford. He is a visiting tutor at the National Opera Studio, British Youth Opera, Scottish Opera Emerging Artists, New National Theatre Tokyo and all the major British conservatoires. He is a regular jury member for national and international competitions and has given masterclasses through Europe, Australia, America, Asia and South Africa. He has been associated with the Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House since its inception in 2000, initially as Director of Musical Preparation and from 2006 as Artistic Director.