David’s passion for music began at age 6, when inspired by older siblings, took up both violin and piano. After receiving his Associate Diploma at 15 and being selected concertmaster of Education Queensland’s, Musically Outstanding Students (MOST) symphony orchestra, David decided to pursue a career in music.
He began his tertiary studies at the Queensland Conservatorium under the guidance of Elizabeth Morgan. On scholarship, David graduated from University of Tasmania, Sydney Conservatorium and the University of Colorado where he has studied with a number of prominent Australian and International performers and educators. Some of these include; Elizabeth Morgan, Jun Yi Ma, Jeremy Williams, Alice Waten, Ole Bohn, Edward Dussinberre and Karoly Schranz. He has also performed for a number of international soloists including; Feng Ning, Rudolph Coleman and Vadim Repin.
Throughout his studies, David led various chamber and orchestral groups including the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and University of Tasmania Symphony Orchestra where he also appeared as a soloist. David has participated in orchestral programs with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. He has performed as concertmaster and principle player in various Australian Youth Orchestra programs and a guest principle player at the San Francisco Conservatory and the Juilliard School.
As a musician, David has travelled extensively; he has toured throughout the USA, China, Germany, Holland, Denmark, France and the UK. Some of his highlights include performances at; Konzerthaus Berlin, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and New York City’s Lincoln Center. In Australia he has performed in a number of major venues including; the Opera House and Angel Place in Sydney, the Melbourne Town Hall, Hamer Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre and Iwaki Audatorium, as well as the Queensland Performing Arts Complex (QPAC).
David has recently finished a two year teaching residency at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. His role at the university involved tertiary level violin teaching and coaching chamber ensembles. David also travelled to Colorado with his Australian string quartet, the Orava Quartet. Throughout this period they have worked closely with the world famous Takacs Quartet.
The Orava Quartet has held residencies at the Banff Arts Centre in Canada and the Bundanon Artist in Residence Complex in Australia. They have also studied with members of the Emerson, St Lawrence, Schoenberg, Jerusalem, Australian, Brentano, Julliard and Goldner String Quartets. The quartet has performed in the United States, Canada, China, Philippines, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong. The quartet regularly performs at festivals which include the Musica Viva Festival, The Sydney Vivid Festival, Bellingen, Crossroads and Chinese Gardens Music Festival, and have performed for Queen Sofia of Spain and Pope Benedict XVI. In 2010 the Orava Quartet completed a highly successful tour of Asia for Musica Viva with world-renowned didgeridoo performer and composer William Barton. Orava has also been featured on 2MBS FMs Rising Stars On-Air program, and as part of the Musica Viva Rising Stars Series. Orava won the Musica Viva Australia Tony Berg Award for the most outstanding Australian ensemble as well as the Peter Druce Audience Prize at the 2013 Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition in Melbourne Australia.
Including performing with the Orava Quartet, David regularly appears with the Camerata of St Johns Chamber Orchestra and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.