First learning basic guitar at primary school as a youngster, David moved onto cornet in his first year at St Leo’s College, Wahroonga Sydney. The highlight of that year for David artistically was performing at an eisteddfod on the iconic Sydney Opera House main stage.
Subsequently, David moved with his family northwards to Brisbane, whereupon performing regularly at church became his mainstay musical outlet.
After leaving high school, David had a long spell of mixed work and university studies where he joined with campus jazz groups. In this period he undertook trumpet masterclasses with Dr Simeon Christoff. Deciding to add a teaching qualification, David enrolled in music as his second teaching area and was first introduced to score analysis which he found compelling. After moving for a teaching stint in the U.K, and whilst sitting in with local Be-Bop Jazz, David began scoring simple chamber works. Encouraged to do so by co-teacher and then partner Anneliese Salisbury, formerly principal oboist with Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic, the two relocated to work in the U.A.E. In this desolate locale, David attempted first short symphony (Symphony No.1 in D-Min). Following that, the ample after-hours time after work afforded him the writing of a score of chamber works which were later premiered in Durban, South Africa in 2002.
In the following years David has continued writing orchestral and chamber pieces with a growing number of international premieres and interest from some of the world’s leading artists.