David Arditti was born in 1964, of mixed Jewish and Austrian descent, and brought up in Dorset on the south coast of England. Always keen on singing, after training for a scientific career, he eventually took up music full-time and now principally composes, plays the piano, and promotes concerts.
He has studied the piano with Peter Bithell of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and conducting with Neil Thompson of the Royal College of Music, Gregory Rose and George Hurst. As a composer he is largely self-taught.
His music is characteristically melodic and romantic. It is heavily influenced by the English composers and folk music, but also often has strong rhythmic drive influenced by 20th century minimalism and popular music styles.
Much of his output has consisted of of song-cycles and pieces for choir, both accompanied and unaccompanied, to texts by classic English, Scottish, Irish, and American poets. His largest vocal work is Chamber Music, a 30-minute long cycle of settings of James Joyce for tenor and chamber ensemble. He has also written settings for choir and orchestra of the Requiem and the Mass.
He has produced many works for orchestra, including two Ceremonial Marches, a Comic Overture, a Clarinet Concertino, and the Woodford Suite (written for Woodford Symphony orchestra), plus a march for brass band, and two marches for wind band.
In the chamber music line there have been two String Quartets, a Sonatina for wind ensemble, a Suite for brass quintet, Fantasia on a West-country Tune for brass quartet, and Introduction and Allegro Brillante for Flute, oboe and piano.
Smaller works include a Suite for guitar and many pieces for piano, including Six Songs Without Words, a New Wedding March, and the Grand Concert Rag: Marta. David has also composed for film.
David is Chair of the London Composers Forum, active in promoting the works of living composers in London. He is also well-known as an expert on astronomy, writing and lecturing extensively on the subject.