Born and raised in upstate New York, David began his musical studies on the piano at the age of 5. The cello was added a few years later...a brief and slightly embarrassing stint with the baritone horn is best left in the past. After completing a performance degree at Northwestern University and prior to his appointment to the NZSO, David was a member of several orchestras worldwide including those in Milwaukee, Syracuse, Chicago, Santa Fe, San Jose (Costa Rica) and Auckland. But his first orchestra was the Little Falls Symphony where, at the age of 12, he would help the conductor, Leon Dussault, set up the chairs and stands before each Monday night rehearsal. Firmly denied permission to move any furniture by the NZSO Operations Staff, David spends his time rollerblading with his son, playing piano quartets, piano trios, and table tennis.