David is an accomplished composer, scholar, pianist and educator. He was appointed as a music specialist at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. in 2012 after serving as the Artistic and New Music Coordinator of the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in South Africa for two years. There he worked with composers, musicians and conductors from around the country and internationally to facilitate the creation and presentation of new music.

His award-winning compositions range from solo pieces to large orchestral works and independent film scores. David has received awards and recognition from the Meet the Composer Foundation, ASCAP, the American Music Center, the Minnesota Orchestra Reading Sessions and the Hanson Institute for American Music, among other organizations. He holds degrees from Duke University, the University of Louisville, and the Eastman School of Music, where he earned his PhD. 

When not composing or performing, David enjoys studying and writing about the music of his contemporaries and 19th/20th century music. An adaptation of his dissertation (exploring compositional, theoretical and musicological features of Franz Liszt's Three Funeral Odes) is featured in Volume 59 of the Journal of the American Liszt Society.