David Waterman was born into a musical family in Leeds.He studied philosophy for six years at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was awarded a Research Scholarship and MA and PhD degrees, and was a tutor to final-year philosophy undergraduates. At the same time he studied cello privately with Martin Lovett, William Pleeth and Jane Cowan.
He was in 1979 a founder-member of the Endellion Quartet which has played all over the world, broadcast countless times on BBC Radio and TV, and recorded for EMI, Virgin Classics, ASV and Pearl. They recently recorded the complete cycle of Beethoven quartets for Warner Classics. For twenty years, they have been Quartet in Residence at Cambridge and in 1996 were given the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Best Chamber Ensemble.
David Waterman has also performed chamber music with members of the former Amadeus Quartet, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Joshua Bell, the Chilingirian, Belcea and Elias Quartets, Michael Collins, Imogen Cooper, Jeremy Denk, Isabelle Faust, Julia Fischer, Ivry Gitlis, Lukacs Hagen, Steven Isserlis, Stephen Kovacevic, Mark Padmore, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Sandor Vegh, and Tabea Zimmerman, among others.
He has taught at the Yehudi Menuhin School, the Royal Northern College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall, and the Menuhin Academy at Gstaad and teaches cello and chamber music regularly for IMS at Prussia Cove. From 1995 until 2003 he was co-director with Joyce Rathbone of the Rathbone-Dickson course at Westonbirt. He also coaches chamber music for ChamberStudio at King’s Place, London.
He was commissioned by Cambridge University Press to contribute a chapter to the ‘Cambridge Companion to the String Quartet’, which was published in 2003, and has also had articles published in The Guardian newspaper, Strad Magazine, Philosophy in Cambridge, Quodlibet and other publications.