David began musical studies at an early age with his grandmother. He completed a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours at the Elder Conservatorium in 2015, studying under Janis Laurs and Rachel Johnston. David commenced his studies at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with Howard Penny in 2017.
David developed a strong interest in contemporary music during the course of his undergraduate study and continues to actively seek opportunities to perform new music. In February 2019 he will premiere two new works for solo cello at Portalfest, Wellington, as well as Reuben Jelleyman's Concertino for Piano and Five Instruments in May at ANAM.
David has presented his own music in performances for Creative Original Music Adelaide, on broadcast through 3MBS, and as part of performances with his Adelaide based early music ensemble Continuo Continuum. David has performed with Ensemble Offspring as part of the Hatched Academy in 2016, and has presented a number of contemporary chamber and solo pieces during his study at ANAM. He hopes to establish a new music ensemble in Melbourne in 2019.
David has been Principal Cellist of Australian Youth Orchestra, toured extensively with Momentum Ensemble, performed as soloist with the Adelaide Youth Orchestra, and was awarded the Director's Award twice during his study at Elder Conservatorium. In November 2018 he was a participant in the Mahler Chamber Orchestra Academy in Germany.
David performs with a Stéphane Thomachot bow which was generously donated to him by Mitra Barrett.
Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate – Barry Jones AC and Rachel Faggetter, Barry and Joan Miskin, Anne and Greg Sewell, Gary Singer and Geoffrey Smith, Lou Slater, Juliet Tootell, Frances and Daniel Wallace, Robert Whitehead, Frank van Straten AM and Adrian Turley
Photo by Pia Johnson