After studying at the Royal Academy of Music and Royal Holloway College, David taught for six years before embarking on two years of study at The Kodály Institute, in Hungary. On returning he worked at the Purcell School, becoming its director. He co-founded the Kodály Centre of London in 1992.
He now lectures at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Trinity College of Music in London and teaches for the Colourstrings UK. He is in demand the world over as a leading Kodály exponent.