David went on to study jazz piano at the Elder Conservatorium, winning the prize for best undergraduate jazz student. He completed an honours degree in music, with first class honours. During this time he was also a finalist in the Australia wide James Morrison $10,000 Music Scholarship, held each year for young jazz musicians.
David is highly in demand around Adelaide. He has played on 12 CDs by local groups. He has accompanied a number of interstate and international musicians including Ricky Ford (USA), Tim Hopkins (Sydney), Don Raider (Sydney), Cindy Blackman (USA), Harvey Winappel (USA) and Daniel Schnider (USA). David has played at many of Australia's best jazz and music festivals including the Barossa Music Festival, Adelaide Festival of the Arts, and the Montsalvat, Manly, Bellingen and Adelaide Jazz Festivals.
David was the winner of the Original Composition Competition in 1995, awarded by the South Australian Jazz Coordinator, and most recently was one of ten finalists in the 1999 National Jazz Awards. These awards are held annually as part of the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz, and in 1999 featured ten of the top pianists under 35 from Australia and New Zealand.
David currently teaches jazz piano at the Elder Conservatorium and performs regularly with the Boss Trio and many of Adelaide's best jazz vocalists and instrumentalists including Marlene Richards, Bob Jeffery, Rick Woodroofe, Laura Anderson, Lizzy Scot, Connaitre Miller and Jo Lawry.
David is married to Alice and they have two beautiful children, Isabella and William.