David Valdés started playing piano at the age of seven and percussion at sixteen. He combined both disciplines for several years but, once he gained his Bmus in Piano, percussion became his main interest.
He obtained his Bmus in Percussion at the Oviedo Conservatory of Music under Rafael Casanova (OSPA) with the highest marks (“Angel Muñiz Toca” Extraordinary Award and "Final Degree" Award). He also gained a Bmus in Solfege, Sight Reading and Transposition. He has been trained in Chamber Music, Music Theory and Counterpoint as well.
David attended the Madrid based “Centro de Estudios Neopercusión”, where he studied with Juanjo Guillem (ONE), Enric Llopis (ORTVE), Francisco Diaz (OST), Juanjo Rubio (OCM), Oscar Benet (OCM), Belen López, David Mayoral and Serguei Sapricheff.
He then moved to London, where he studied at The Royal Academy of Music with Andrew Barclay (LPO), Simon Carrington (LPO), Leigh Howard Stevens, Nicholas Cole (RPO), Dave Hassell, Paul Clarvis, Neil Percy (LSO) and Kurt Hans Goedicke (LSO). There he gained his Postgraduate Diploma in Performance (Timpani and Percussion) and his LRAM. He also studied Jazz with Trevor Tompkins, Orchestral Conducting with Denise Ham and Choral Conducting with Patrick Russill.
David has attended many courses and master classes by renowned musicians: Jeff Prentice, Rainer Seegers, Benoit Cambrelaing, David Searcy, Ben Hoffnung, Philippe Spiecer, Enmanuel Sejourné, Keiko Abe, Eric Sammut, She-e Wu, Joe Locke, Anthony Kerr, Dave Jackson, Makoto Aruga, Chris Lamb, Collin Curie, Evelyn Glennie, Mircea Anderleanu, Steven Shick, John Bergamo, Airto Moreira, Birger Sulsbruck, Peter Erskine, Dave Weckl, Bill Cobham, Carlos Carli, George Hurst, Arturo Tamayo, Collin Meters, José María Benavente, Román Alís, Fernando Puchol, Michel Martín, Javier Cámara, Francisco José Cuadrado... These courses have trained him in Percussion, Piano, Contemporary and Modal Harmony, Jazz, Conducting, Music Production, Editing and Microphone Techniques.
He was awarded three times in a row the “Principality of Asturias Government Scholarship”, he was finalist at the “International Keyboard Percussion Competition” sponsored by the “Yamaha Foundation of Europe” and was runner-up for the “Deutsche Bank Pyramid Awards”, given to innovative performance and composition projects.
David has played with the following orchestras: Gijón Symphony Orchestra (Spain), Principality of Asturias Symphony Orchestra (Spain), Oviedo Filarmonía (Spain), Asturias Classical Orchestra (Spain), Spanish National Orchestra (Spain), Catalonian Chamber Orchestra (Spain), Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra (Spain), Orchestra of the University of Oviedo (Spain), City of Avilés Symphony Orchestra (Spain), Moscow Virtuosi (Russia), Concerto München Sinfonieorchester (Germany), WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln (Germany), Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra (Poland), Orquestra do Norte (Portugal) and the Ulster Orchestra (UK). He has also played with early music ensembles (Forma Antiqva, Memoria de los Sentidos, Sphera Antiqva and Ensemble Matheus), and chamber groups (RAM Percussion Group, Neopercusión and Ars Mundi Ensemble).
He has translated into Spanish "Method of Movement for Marimba" (L. H. Stevens), the internationally acclaimed book used in conservatoires and universities worldwide. Also, he is the Spanish translator of www.percorch.com, website used by many orchestras to organize their percussion sections.
He has taught at several music schools and at the Gijón and Oviedo Conservatories of Music.
His discography includes many different genres, and he has worked in the studio as a session musician and arranger. He is now busy as an on-line instrumentalist.
David has a keen interest in recording, sound and technology. He has participated in courses and master classes dealing with microphone techniques, editing and sound production.
He is a busy timpani/percussion freelancer and runs his own business: "Producciones Kapellmaister".
David Valdés is an Ocean Yacht Master, he practices windsurfing, snowboarding, rollerblading, longboarding and is also a photography aficionado, with a keen interest in chemical and traditional photography.