David began his studies with David Burden at his local music centre in Hertfordshire. In 2006 he was the strings finalist in the BBC Young Musician competition, performing Rodrigo’s Fantasia para un gentilhombre live on BBC Two from the Sage Gateshead.
He went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Lewin, where he graduated with distinction in 2010 and furthered his studies with an MMus in 2012. During this time he continued to perform guitar recitals at venues such as Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Sage Gateshead, King’s Place, St Martin in the Fields, and expanded his musical experience in chamber music and orchestral playing, taking up instruments such as mandolin and banjo in orchestral, music theatre and operatic music from Mozart and Respighi to John Adams and Peter Maxwell Davies including the UK premiere of Timothy Walker’s Guitar Concerto.
His solo performances have been described as “intense and intimate”, marked by a “remarkable energy and range of tone and dynamics”. On hearing his playing, Julian Bream praised his sound and communication of musical structure. He has received tuition and masterclasses from David Russell, Fabio Zanon, John Mills and Timothy Walker, combining a love for both the traditional guitar repertoire as well as contemporary and new works, of which he has premiered several. From performances in multi-storey carparks to art galleries, he is a musician willing to take risks and try new approaches.
In 2009 he met flautist Emily Andrews and founded the Andrews Massey Duo (www.andrewsmasseyduo.com), with whom he has released three acclaimed self-produced CDs and toured extensively. Their video of David’s arrangement of Schubert’s “Standchen” has over 250,000 views on YouTube (making it one of the most watched flute and guitar videos), and the sheet music has been downloaded and played by other guitar and flute duos all around the world. His arrangements of Dvorak and Mozart have also been performed around the world.
He is in demand amongst orchestras for his fretted instrument work, being the guitarist of choice for many years with Southbank Sinfonia, as well as touring and recording with Chineke! in 2018/19 and Shadwell Opera.
With Emily Andrews and guitarist Francisco Correa, he is part of the trio CarmenCo performing the music to Clare Norburn’s concert/play “Creating Carmen”, touring in 2019 – 21 with support from Arts Council England including Buxton Festival and Concerts in the West. More details at www.carmenco.co.uk
He has also developed a strong teaching portfolio, ranging from private one-on-one tuition to small group guitar lessons in comprehensive primary schools, passionately advocating classical guitar to a new generation.