David Riniker was born in 1970 in Basel (Switzerland) into a family of musicians. As a 6-year-old boy, he actually wanted to learn the double bass because he was particularly fascinated by the low tones. But at the age of 6 he was still too small for the double bass. But he didn't want to wait either. So he decided "inevitably" for the cello, the sound of which he soon fell in love with, a love that would last his whole life. For little David, the legs of the chair were sawn off so that he could play the cello in a normal posture. David became a pupil of Jean-Paul Guéneux, where he had to take the chair with him. At the age of nineteen, meanwhile without this chair, David finished his basic studies "with distinction" with his first teacher.
His graduation for the soloist diploma, in the concert class of Antonio Meneses, at the Music Academy of the City of Basel, had to be postponed a little, since David was called up in between, at the age of 20, for 17 weeks in the Swiss army as a trombonist. He had already been taught the trombone tones in 4 years of lessons. In order not to be unfaithful to the cello during the army time, he convinced the leading adjutant to perform Gulda's Cello Concerto together with the wind orchestra.
In addition to his training, David also attended courses with the great masters of his trade such as Arto Noras, Boris Pergamenschikow, Wolfgang Boettcher and David Geringas.
At the age of 14 David played for the first time on Swiss television.
He won numerous prizes at youth music competitions in Switzerland, Amsterdam and Bulgaria. His talent also earned him several awards from various major institutions.
As a soloist and chamber musician, David has captivated audiences in many European, American and Asian countries.
He has also made numerous recordings for radio, records and CDs. David has recorded the cello part of the film music for several cinema and television films.
When David applied for the audition of the Berliner Philharmoniker's Orchestra Academy in 1994, his playing was so convincing that he was admitted to the audition for the orchestra the following day and even got one of the two vacancies.
In 1995 he moved to Berlin, which has since become his home. Since then he has been a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker, where he has also teamed up with colleagues to form various chamber music groups.
David is particularly happy with his arrangements of various compositions for the 12 cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker, among others. With his arrangements, created with great enthusiasm, he wrestles with himself and his cell colleagues, very successfully, sometimes acrobatic tricks.