David is from Abbeyleix in Co. Laois and is an 1848 scholar at the Royal Irish Academy of Music studying with Hugh Tinney, David has won national prizes for both classical and traditional Irish music.
David graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in 2021 from the MTU Cork School of Music, graduating as the highest placed student with First Class Honours. David won the Advanced Recital competition in the conservatoire and has since been a recipient of an MTU Arts Office Bursary to support his professional development. In 2021, David also won the Audrey Chisholm award at the Birr Festival of Music and the John A. Piggott Cup at Feis Ceoil. In 2022, he won the Hamilton Harty Concerto Cup at the Feis Ceoil and the Fidelio Cup at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He performed at the National Concert Hall in September of this year as part of the Feis Ceoil Young Artist Platform concerts and in August performed in Salzburg as part of the International Sommerakademie at the Universität Mozarteum.
David is also an accomplished traditional Irish musician, achieving many successes. David was awarded the Mícheál Ó hEidhin Gold Medal for outstanding results in the Comhaltas SCT music examinations in 2016. David has significant experience in arranging music and orchestral groups and was the leader and co-founder of the successful group Fiúntas which made the finals of Siansa Gael Linn in 2016 and placed 2nd in the final in 2017. David founded and lead the Glenbarrow Céilí Band in 2018 and this band performed with distinction in 2018 and 2019 in Fleadh Cheoil competitions. In 2017/18, David was selected to perform on the annual Comhaltas Tours of Ireland and Britain. In 2019, David was awarded a scholarship by Leinster Comhaltas to complete the Comhaltas TTCT music teaching training qualification, which he completed later in 2019. David is a current member of the National Folk Orchestra of Ireland.
He has made several original arrangements of traditional Irish tunes for solo piano and performed one of these as part of the Laois Arts project “The Centre Is Where It Is At” in 2021, and gave a solo piano concert in the Dunamaise Arts Theatre in October 2022.
A former student member of Spink Comhaltas, David is passionate about encouraging young musicians to develop and follow their own path in music.