I was born in Dublin but I live and work in West Cork as a composer for visual media and concert performance.
From a background in classical training, I moved into film music, gaining an M.A in Scoring for Film and Visual Media at Pulse College and Dublin Institute of Technology, based in the iconic Windmill Lane Recording Studios, Dublin.
There, I studied under prominent international composer Christopher Young (Drag Me To Hell - Spiderman 3 - Hellraiser), Orchestrator Conrad Pope (The Hobbit - Harry Potter - Jurassic Park), game composer Garry Schyman (BioShock - Dante's Inferno), tutors Richard Bellis, Andy Hill, and Irish composers Gregory Magee, and Derek Gleeson.
My composing career has journeyed in tandem with a career as a music educator and performer. Teaching composition and piano affords me the opportunity to explore and learn about music on a continuous stream.
As a young musician I was fortunate to experience orchestral music as a percussionist with youth several orchestras and later at 3rd level. Choral singing, and later choral composing, were extraordinary influences on my music. I am lucky to have worked with many young vocal groups and schools project in this capacity.
'Alex Barclay - author and screenwriter'
"David is a gifted and intuitive composer – he quickly captures the essence of every scene; the characters, the motivation, the emotion, the pace, and the world in which it all unfolds. He draws inspiration both from the written word, and the visuals put before him, and is always excited to uncover the inner layers of the narrative.The result is that magical sense that the music was playing as the words were being written."
I have scored both feature and short films, and conducted and recorded many live scores for ensembles ranging from the small and intimate to the large and powerful.