David is the recipient of an RNCM Studentship to study composition at doctoral level with Fabrice Fitch and Larry Goves. At masters’ level, he studied with Gary Carpenter whilst taking oboe lessons from Melinda Maxwell, graduating with Distinction, the Soroptomist International Award for composers and the Evelyn Rothwell Prize for oboists. He has been a participant on the LPO Leverhulme Young Composers Scheme, resulting in a performance in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and was a recipient of the 2011 RPS Composition Prize, which resulted in a commission for players of the Philharmonia in the Music of Today series. David was selected as a bursary student, supported by the Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust, to study at the 2011 Dartington Summer School with oboist Nicholas Daniel.
David has appeared as both composer and oboist in two RNCM Chamber Music Festivals and together with the Eblana String Trio, with whom he works regularly, was named the 2010 RNCM Ensemble of the Year. The latter resulted in a recital including a performance of the Carter Oboe Quartet and a premiere of his Oboe Quartet, described as “a suave reading” and “impressively unified” respectively by The Times. David is a dedicated performer of new music, and his solo repertory includes Coloratura by Ferneyhough and the first public performance of Amethyst Deceiver by Casken, both performed to the composers, as well as music by Birtwistle, Saxton, Cage, Carter, Yun, Holliger and commissions for composer colleagues Emily Wright, Michael Cutting and Steven Jackson. His ensemble experience includes performances at the Wigmore Hall in music by Weir and Goehr, a rare performance of Schnee by Abrahamsen working closely with the composer and performances of music by colleagues Aaron Parker, Laurence Tompkins and Michael Perrett. He performs regularly with ACM Ensemble, the ddmmyy series, at Classical Revolution and Sounds of the Engine House and was given a showcase as both oboist and composer with the latter in the Christmas special in December 2012.
Before his time in Manchester, David read mathematics at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, graduating with a first class BA and a Distinction in the MMath, together with the Ryan Prize for Pure Mathematics and the Sir Rudolph Peters Prize for music. During his time in Cambridge, he was a member of the Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra, two years spent as principal oboist, and had his work performed by CUMS 1 under Peter Stark and by the Choir of Gonville & Caius College under Geoffrey Webber, with whom he has appeared on a CD of medieval and contemporary choral pieces in Diana Burrell’s Creator of the Stars of Night for choir, cor anglais and organ pedals. He was for three years a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, finishing as subprincipal oboist, and worked with conductors including Sir Roger Norrington, Marin Alsop, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Tadaaki Otaka.