is a musician with extensive experience as a professional performer, working internationally at the highest level over a career spanning forty years. David also has a proven track record as a programmer, producer, manager and fundraiser. Having established his career playing the viola with the Coull String Quartet, formed while studying at the Royal Academy of Music, in 1996 he founded Orchestra of the Swan (OOTS).
In 2005, responding to the growing success of the orchestra, he decided to focus on building OOTS into one of the leading chamber orchestras in the UK, giving an annual programme of over 40 concerts. David has toured with OOTS to Mexico, the USA, China and Turkey, and has conducted the orchestra on BBC Radio 3 & 4 and for BBC 2 (Bafta nominated) and ITV television (South Bank Show).
He was the orchestra's Artistic Director and Principal Conductor until January 2018. He also holds the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the North Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, combining this with an international career of conducting, teaching, coaching, public speaking and as a creative producer and competition judge.