Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, David began music at the age of five. Starting with violin, he participated in many music programs in and outside of school. After experimenting with many types of music and instruments, he set his primary focus to jazz guitar during high school.
In the fall of 2014 he moved to Boston to study performance and composition at Berklee College of Music. The four years he spent there were crucial to his musical development. During this time he expanded his group of peer musicians while also studying with notable teachers (including Dave Liebman, Kenny Werner, Mick Goodrick, George Garzone, Ralph Peterson, and Hal Crook). Before graduating, he also finished writing his book "Intervallic Patterns for Improvisation."
In May of 2018 he graduated Berklee and moved to New York City to join the music scene. He currently balances his time between public performances as a leader and sideman, private events (i.e. parties, weddings, cocktail hours, etc.), teaching, and being an active member of the Jazz Committee at the Local 802 musician's union. A list of his recent performances can be found here https://davidsternjazz.com/recent.
"Give a someone a fish, you feed them for a day. Teach someone how to fish, you feed them for a lifetime."