Born in England, David Hicken began his musical training at the age of three. He studied piano, organ, clarinet, choral music and music theory, and worked through examinations for the Royal Schools of Music, obtaining the highest levels when he was only twelve.
He sang in choirs, played in orchestras, and performed in numerous cathedrals throughout England and Scotland while still very young. After winning several competitions, he gave his first solo organ recital on his sixteenth birthday.
He attended prestigious boarding schools in England, studying harmony, counterpoint, composition and orchestration, and after studying with Nicholas Danby at the Royal College of Music, he left for the United States at seventeen to attend Peabody Conservatory of Music. He returned to England to give solo performances at Westminster Cathedral, St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.
David signed his first record contract when he was just eighteen, and went on to release CDs with President Records as well as Prestige Records. He later released two CDs of organ music with Laserlight Records.
After moving to Los Angeles, David was highly sought after as a recitalist, soloist, music director and teacher. He taught children of numerous celebrities while continuing to compose and perform regularly. In addition to piano and organ recitals, he conducted works by Bach, Vivaldi and Pergolesi as well as many other major composers.
David’s music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Westminster and Canterbury Cathedrals in England and St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in Rome.
His solo piano CDs receive rave reviews and sell all over the world. His Christmas CD was a tremendous success, and his arrangement of “Carol of the Bells” is considered by many to be one of the best arrangements of this well-known Christmas piece.
David continues to compose music that blends classical, film and contemporary genres, and he releases videos of new compositions on YouTube regularly. He is currently working on a new album - "The Art of Piano" which will be released later in the year.
David is proud to be a Shigeru Kawai Artist. He owns an SK-7 which is one of the finest instruments in the world.