David McCann graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2010 and completed the MMus course with distinction in 2012. While a student at the RNCM he was a recipient of the Leonard Rose award for cello, the Chris Rowland Prize for chamber music and the Contemporary Music Performance Prize.
David is currently principal cello of the Jersey Chamber Orchestra and works regularly with the Ulster Orchestra. He has also performed with the Hallé Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Ireland, Manchester Camerata, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of Opera North.
A passionate interpreter of new music, David has commissioned more than a dozen new pieces for his instrument. Recent engagements have involved working personally with Brian Ferneyhough (Adagissimo, RNCM), Steve Reich (Cello Counterpoint, RNCM) and Colin Matthews (Three Enigmas, Wigmore Hall) in preparation for public performances of their works. In 2013, David became a founder member of the Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble, a Belfast-based music group devoted to the performance of modern and contemporary repertoire.
David plays a cello made by Kai-Thomas Roth in 2012 and uses a Noel Burke bow, which was purchased with the help of the Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Foundation.