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.