David Pearl was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree cum laude from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. He has performed throughout the United States, in Canada, Russia and Japan, and was awarded grants from the New York State Council on the Arts to perform solo piano recitals. He has lived and worked as a pianist, arranger, and composer in New York City since 1985.
His recent CD recordings include Chapter 4, with vocalist Hadiza, I Love You Too Much, with vocalist Elly Kouri, and Scythian Suite, a collection of piano four-hands music recorded with Rubi Miyachi. Other successful collaborations include CD recordings with Raymond Mase (Trumpet In Our Time) and Toby Hanks (Sonata). He recently recorded a CD with vocalist Rebecca Elliott, due out in 2018. He previously toured with vocalist Connie James in New York, Los Angeles, San Diego and Miami, and at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He recorded with the pop, jazz, blues artist, Suede, and performed with her for many years in venues up and down the east coast. He has performed and recorded with singers and instrumentalists in a wide variety of musical styles, including jazz, classical, rock, folk, and tango, and performs in many of New York's premiere venues (Joe's Pub, Symphony Space, The Cutting Room, Rainbow Room, Café Sabarsky). He has been a guest performer and lecturer at Middlebury College and led performance workshops at Brandeis University.
An author of books for musicians, he wrote Piano Exercises for Dummies, The Jazz Piano Collection, 100 Blues Lessons, Bach 'n' Roll, Color Your Chords, The Art of Billy Strayhorn, The Art of Steely Dan, and Learn to Play Classic Rock Piano Techniques from the Masters. His transcriptions and arrangements are published in many music books and magazines, including jazz transcriptions of the artists Grover Washington, Jr., Dave Douglas, Roland Hanna and Wynton Marsalis.
The David Pearl Trio performs frequently in New York City, and he plays Singers Space, a combination singer's showcase and open mic, on Monday nights at Bar Thalia in Symphony Space, which he cofounded in 2011.