David was born in 1988 and first studied flute with Hazel Hunter. He continued his studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (Now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) with David Nicholson (principal flute, Scottish Chamber Orchestra), Richard Blake (principal flute, Scottish Opera) and most recently with Katherine Bryan (principal flute, Royal Scottish National Orchestra). He has studied piccolo with Janet Richardson (principal piccolo, Royal Scottish National Orchestra) and baroque flute with Lis Dooner (Scottish Chamber Orchestra).
During his time at the RSAMD, David was selected to take part in a mentoring scheme in the flute section of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and was also selected to participate in rehearsals side-by-side with RSNO players. He has performed with Red Note Ensemble, one of Scotland’s leading contemporary music ensembles, as well as the Dunedin Consort (principal baroque flute) and Ensemble Thing.
David has performed as principal flute with the RSAMD Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Musiclab (the RSAMD’s resident new music ensemble), the National Scottish Youth Orchestra and 2nd flute with Glasgow Sinfonia. Through performing with the above ensembles, he has performed under such conductors as Garry Walker (Paragon Ensemble), Baldur Brönnimann (National Symphony Orchestra of Columbia), John Butt (Dunedin Consort), David Danzmayr (Ensemble Acrobat), Peter Donohoe OBE, Christoph Mueller (Göttingen Symphonie Orchester), Philip Mackenzie (Amadeus Orchestra) and Christopher Swaffer (Auricle Ensemble).
David has a keen interest in concerto performance. He has been a finalist in the prestigious RSAMD Concerto Competition, performed Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise (Franz Doppler) with the Stockport Youth Symphony Orchestra and won the Concerto Competition of Glasgow Music Festival. Other successes with Glasgow Music Festival include being awarded the Festival Association Award and the Ian McIntyre bursary, allowing him to attend the European Youth Summer Music course.
Since graduating, David’s professional engagements have included performing SEVen.waVES for solo flute and electronics by Joseph Hyde with Edit Point in Glasgow’s City Halls. The live recording of this performance can be found on Joseph Hyde’s website. He has also given a solo recital in Glasgow University Concert Hall, accompanied by Claire Haslin, performing works by Gaubert, Takemitsu and Hamilton Harty.