David studied violin at the Royal Conservatory of Music receiving his ARCT diploma with First Class Honours. He continued his studies at the University of Toronto with former Toronto Symphony Concertmaster Jascha Milkis, and the Utrechts Conservatorium in Holland with Concertgebouw Concertmaster Wiktor Liberman. He performed regularly with the Toronto Symphony for almost 2 decades, and is active in the recording studio and freelance music scene of Toronto. The long list of affiliations includes the Canadian Opera Company, National Ballet, Kitchener Symphony and Symphony Nova Scotia. His varied career has taken him from chamber music to musical theatre where he was Concertmaster for shows like Ragtime, ShowBoat and Sunset Blvd. Other shows include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Phantom of the Opera and Beauty and the Beast.

Other ventures have included recordings and concerts with a wide range of musical styles and performers such as Ray Charles, Liza Minelli, Natalie Cole, Bobby Vinton, Donny Osmond, Smokey Robinson, Andrea Bocelli, Olivia Newton John, Blue Rodeo, The Philosopher Kings, Wayne Newton, Michael Bolton, Trisha Yearwood, and Allan Jackson. 

Mr. McFadden lives in Barrie and is actively involved in music ministry with his wife Julie in the local church and beyond.  He has been Concertmaster of the Huronia Symphony for over a decade and teaches music privately out of his in-home Music Studio.  Mr. McFadden teaches both the traditional Royal Conservatory as well as the Suzuki method and is a registered Suzuki teacher.