David received his BM from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music before going on to receive his MM from the Yale School of Music and an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. His principal teachers included Benjamin Verdery, William Kanengiser, Allan Neave, and Matthew McAllister. David is also trained and certified in the Suzuki Method.
As a Performer
A sought-after performer, David has concertized across the US, Canada, and Europe in venues including Carnegie/Wigmore Hall and festivals including Hamilton, Montreal, and Ullapool International Guitar Festivals. Concerto highlights include his debut with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 17 and the Los Angeles debut of Steve Goss’ Concerto of Colours with the USC Wind Ensemble. On the radio, David has performed for NPR’s From the Top, WXXI’s Backstage Pass, and Classical KUSC’s Sunday’s Live. Through online platforms, he has been featured by Guitar Salon International and Guy Traviss. David has won more than ten competitions and is the youngest guitarist to place first at the Hamilton International and Great Lakes Collegiate Guitar Competition.
As a podcaster, David was the host and producer of The tonebase Classical Guitar Podcast. Through the show, David interviewed guitarists of renown, including Pepe Romero, Judicaël Perroy, Scott Tennant, Eliot Fisk, and Gabriel Bianco. The podcast focused on insightful topics ranging from pedagogical approaches to recording techniques with listeners across over 20 countries.
David joined Levine’s guitar faculty in 2023 and teaches both traditional and Suzuki guitar.