David Gar­ner began his ter­tiary edu­ca­tion in Auck­land gain­ing a Bach­e­lors of Music in 1994. After com­plet­ing a per­form­ers diploma at Sweel­inck Con­ser­va­to­rium in Ams­ter­dam fol­low­ing a Mas­ter of Music degree in Christchurch, David com­pleted a Doc­tor­ate of Musi­cal Arts in 2004 in the United States. First prize Con­certo com­pe­ti­tion Michi­gan State Uni­ver­sity 2002 and Semi final­ist Adam Inter­na­tional Cello com­pe­ti­tion 1997 David was also a top prize win­ner at the Gis­borne Inter­na­tional Music Com­pe­ti­tion in 1997. Pre­sented with the Aotea Cen­tre Per­form­ing Arts Trust Award in 1994, David later received the Greta Ostova Cello Schol­ar­ship, Woolf Fis­cher Schol­ar­ship for over­seas study, Cobb fel­low­ship Michi­gan State Uni­ver­sity and Gagliano Cello schol­ar­ship (instru­ment for use in over­seas study).

Cur­rently David is the Asso­ciate Prin­ci­pal Cel­list in the APO.

His teach­ers include Alexan­der Ivashkin, Natalia Pavlut­skaya, Dim­itri Fer­cht­man, Suren Bagratuni and Coral Bognuda.

David plays on a Hill Cello c .1804.