Australian born in 1953 David lived in rural NSW until moving to Sydney in 1969 to pursue specialised musical studies. He graduated from Sydney Conservatorium in 1974 and spent 1976-79 at Indiana University, USA. Invited back (1980) to play principal cello in the Australian Chamber Orchestra and to join the Australia Ensemble he again was based in Sydney. From 1987 to 1989 he was contracted by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra to play Principal Cello. In the nineties and until 2007 he was Senior Lecturer (cello) at the Canberra School of Music (later called the ANU School of Music). Since then he has been part-time employed at that institution.
David is well established as one of Australia’s most significant practicing musicians and has an increasingly rare depth and breadth of experience and knowledge - not only as a cellist and cello teacher, but also as a writer on these areas of expertise, and as a composer. Once again a freelance musician, he enjoys the interaction of these branches of music and lately has made an important personal connection with Yoga practice, thereby adding an unexpectedly welcome new dimension to his cello technique. He continues to prefer the rigor of daily cello practice and celebrates his good fortune in still having a mind, body, and heart, well suited to this exacting and rewarding activity.