David McArthur was born in Scotland and began studying the piano at the age of nine. He made his professional debut at seventeen, playing the Grieg concerto and later the same year began full-time studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music under Lawrence Glover and Miles Coverdale. A distinguished studentship followed in which he won the Academy's major piano prizes. Further study then followed with David Wilde at London's Guildhall School of Music.
David frequently plays in the U.K. and overseas and has given recitals in over fifty countries as diverse as Switzerland, Oman, New Zealand and Bermuda. More unusual engagements have been from The Young Presidents' Organization of America to undertake recitals at a recent conference and to give the inaugural recital on the new Adma-Opco Steinway in Abu Dhabi.
His repertoire covers from Bach to present day contemporary composers but with a particular emphasis on the romantic period.