David studied the violin with Cornelia Zanidache, Susanne Stanzeliet and Maeve Broderick, harp with Bonnie Shaljean and composition with Dr. Rhona Clarke and Séamas de Barra.
He has an MMus from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studied composition with Richard Baker and Julian Philips. David has attended masterclasses/coachings with Hugh McGuire, Pal Banda, Robin Ireland, Constantine Zanidache, Andrew Fuller and Susie Meszaros.
While at the Guildhall, David was the only postgraduate selected to write a piece for the 125th anniversary celebrations and also won the schools’ then only composition prize, the Tracey Chadwell Memorial prize. He was Composition Fellow at the Guildhall for the academic year 2006/07. David was Hochtief Fellow in Composition in the Cork School of Music in Ireland from 2006 to 2008 where he also lectured in Composition and Orchestration part-time. During 2010 he was appointed the school’s first Aloys Fleischmann Composer in Residence.
His music has been performed by both national and international artists in Europe, America and Asia, most recently the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet, GSMD Symphony Orchestra, St Paul’s Sinfonia, The Syrius Piano Trio, The Contrasts Trio, Cork Symphony Orchestra, Macao Youth Wind Band, in such venues as: Barbican Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, GSMD Music Hall, Cultural Centre Macau, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Waikato University New Zealand, Ground Zero New York, The Place as well as many venues in Ireland and throughout London. His music has been performed as part of festivals such as City of London Festival and Hell Hot! in Hong Kong. He worked on the score for the English National Ballet production of The Snow Queen which had its West End premiere in 2006.
He has had the privilege of being head of department in two schools (Reedham Park School, Walthamstow Hall Junior School) and taught violin/viola at JAGS, JASSPA, Walthamstow Hall School, Riddlesdown Collegiate and Cumnor House Boys School, as well as privately. He has worked as a coach on SLYO and other residential orchestral courses. In recent years he has been lucky to get commissions from a huge variety of artists and orchestras and continues to play violin.
He works as an examiner for ABRSM and is Head of Junior Music Courses at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.