David studied viola and saxophone at the Royal College of music supported by a Jane Melber Scholarship. He studied viola with Jonathon Barritt, Jon Thorne and Ivo-Jan van der Werff and graduated in 2009 with a first class honours degree.
As a founder member of the Piatti Quartet, David has played in concert halls and music societies throughout the UK including prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell room. The Quartet have won numerous awards and competitions including the St Martins Chamber Music Competition and the Park Lane Group young artists award and have also been featured on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ programme several times.
David started his musical training and career singing as a boy treble in his local church choir and in 1999 attained the award of BBC Radio 2 Choirboy of the year. He found a regular job as one of the principal boy soloists with the English National Opera, appearing in such operas as The Turn of the Screw, Pelleas et Mellisande and Boris Gudonov.
More recently, David’s focus on his two instruments has led to numerous concerto opportunities with various orchestras including the St Albans Symphony Orchestra, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra and the de Havilland Philharmonic. As a violist, David has worked with several major British orchestras, including the John Wilson Orchestra, Oxford Philomusica, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Brandenburg Sinfonia, London Chamber Strings, London Musical Arts Orchestra and London Contemporary Orchestra as well as appearing on several major motion picture soundtracks including ‘Anna Karenina’ and ‘Treasure Island’. As a saxophonist, David has been a regular member of the swing band ‘Five Star Swing’ for 9 years now as they tour around the theatres and jazz clubs of the British Isles with their show ‘Swing and Sinatra’.
David plays on an 1844 viola by English maker, William Gilkes