player from Watford, England, who attended Cambridge
University and Watford Grammar School
and studied with Julie Lord and Frank Lloyd. He went on to become principal horn of
the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
In 1993, he
made his solo debut with “Horn Concerto No. 2” by Richard
Strauss at the BBC Proms.
as principal horn with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, he took the
same position with the London Symphony Orchestra in 1998.
He returned to
the BBC Proms in 1999 in a performance of “Horn Concerto” by
Oliver Knussen with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
with whom he has worked include the English Chamber Orchestra, the Gala
Festival Strings, the Halle Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the Maggini Quartet, the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra,
Orquestra Sinfonica do
Estado de Sao Paulo, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, the Scottish Opera, and the Welsh
In 2003, as
part of the BBC Chamber Proms, he and Leon McCawley
and Gordan Nikolitch
interpreted trios by Johannes Brahms and Gyorgy Ligeti.
He performed “Horn
Concerto No. 1” by Richard Strauss with the BBC Symphony at the Last
Night of the Proms and “Concerto for Horn” by Carl Maria von
Weber with the Northern Sinfonia at the Edinburgh
International Festival in 2004.
and 30th September 2004, he performed “Sinfonia
Concertante” by Richard Bissill
with the LSO at the Barbican.
celebrate Richard Rodney Bennett’s 70th birthday with a
performance of the composer’s “Actaeon”
by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, also at Barbican Hall in April 2006. In the fall of 2006, he performed
with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra at the Prague Autumn Festival.
He gave the
world premiere of “Rainforest IV” by John McCabe with the BBC
National Orchestra of Wales in February 2007.
October 2007, he participated in the British Horn Festival with
performances of “Concerto” by York Bowen and “In Memoriam”
by Benjamin Britten.
He was a guest
soloist of the Reading Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart’s “Horn Concerto No. 3” at St. Paul’s Church in Wokingham, Berkshire, on 2nd April 2011.
In 2012, he
and the LSO went separate ways and he became the principal horn of the
London Philharmonic Orchestra.
He was a guest
soloist of Sinfonia Cymru
and they performed “Concertino for Horn” by William Mathias and
“Horn Concerto No. 2” by Mozart at Dora Stoutzker
Hall in Cardiff
on 26th October 2012.
On 28th October 2012, they reprised these works at the
Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre in Kingsway, Newport,
which David appears include: Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral”/Symphony
No. 2, The Dust Bowl Symphony,
The Planets, and Music of
Hope with the LSO; Brahms: Trios, Vol. 2 with the Gould Piano
Trio; British Horn Concertos with
the London Philharmonic Orchestra; Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn &
Strings/Les Illuminations/Nocturne and Strauss: Horn Concertos
Nos. 1 & 2/Duett Concertino/Serenade for Wind with the Britten Sinfonia; Guildhall
Horn Soloists with the Guildhall School Horn Ensemble; Mozart: Horn Concertos/Horn Quintet with
the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Recital with Martin Jones; and, William Mathias: Songs
of William Blake/Horn Concerto/Intrada/Threnos
with the Welsh Chamber Orchestra.
He can also be
heard on the soundtracks of Blood
Diamond, Defiance, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow,
Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith, 300,
25th Hour, Twilight, and The Twilight Saga:
Breaking Dawn, Pt. 2.
have heard him without he knowing it: He performed on the soundtrack of Halo 4.
In the field
of music education, he has served on the faculty of the Guildhall School of
Music and Drama and given master classes to the YouTube Symphony Orchestra.