David Hicken was born in England, and began piano lessons with his mother when he was three. He studied clarinet, organ and music theory from a young age, performed in orchestras and choirs, and worked his way through examinations for the Royal Schools of Music.
After presenting numerous organ recitals throughout England, including at the cathedrals of St. Paul and Westminster in London, he left to attend music school in the United States at the age of seventeen.
David began composing using synthesizers, and signed his first record contract with President Records when he was just nineteen. Although his early compositions had classical roots, he also found inspiration in the music of Jean-Michel Jarre, Rick Wakeman, Mike Oldfield and Patrick Moraz.
Following on from his first album ‘The Final Toccata,’ a second album of electronic music, ‘The Shadow of Youth,’ was released by Prestige Records.
David became well-known as a piano teacher, and taught the children of numerous celebrities in Malibu and Beverly Hills, including the daughters of film composer James Horner and music producer David Foster. In addition to his busy teaching schedule, he was also Director of Music at Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.
While living in California, he performed as the soloist with several orchestras, which led to a two-record contract with LaserLight Records. ‘A Christmas Pastorale’ and ‘Symphony Gothique’ were recorded on the organ at Loyola Marymount University.
After living in Thailand and Sri Lanka, David moved to the island of O’ahu, Hawaii where he composed a trilogy of solo piano albums, ‘Goddess,’ ‘Angels’ and ‘Faeries.’ He also composed choral works, and ‘Adoramus te’ was later performed at the Vatican, Notre Dame Cathedral, Carnegie Hall and Canterbury Cathedral.
‘The Bell Carol’ from ‘Carols of Christmas’ was filmed in Hawaii and became a hit on YouTube, amassing five million views. The enthusiastic response to the driving rhythms and drama of that work encouraged David to write more bold and upbeat piano music, and ‘The Art of Piano’ was born.
He started releasing a YouTube video for each new piece as it was completed, along with the sheet music download, and went on to release the gentler, more romantic ‘Stories of You,’ followed by ‘Portrait of A Pianist,’ ‘Momentum’ and ‘Transitions,’ which feature a combination of upbeat and softer compositions.
People all over the world have been discovering David’s music, and after being inundated with questions about piano and composition techniques, he wrote a series of five books, ‘Secrets to Better Piano Playing,’ ‘The Ultimate Piano Workout,’ ‘Music Theory for Pianists,’ ‘Secrets to Better Composing and Improvising’ and ‘How To Make a Living as a Pianist and Composer,’ all of which are available through his website.
David loves the fact that pianists all over the world are playing his music, and he regularly releases videos of new compositions on his YouTube channel which has over 13 million views. His main source of inspiration comes from his love of travel, and he can often be found in some of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet.