David Papp began piano lessons at the age of six and oboe at nine years of age. He attended the Sydney Conservatorium High School and completed a Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
In 2008 David was awarded the Sydney Symphony Fellowship, during which he appeared regularly with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and was afforded the opportunity to perform a private concert for Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to Australia for the World Youth Day. In 2009 David was a Grand Finalist in the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer Awards.
David has been a permanent member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 2009, touring extensively throughout Europe, South Korea, Japan and China. He has also toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and has appeared as Guest Principal Oboe with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
Alongside this, David has spent the last 5 years teaching oboe to students of the Rising Stars program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.