David Czinner is active as a Jazz & Popular pianist, despite having studied Classical Piano since the age of 7. He studied Classical works with concert pianist Margarita Markosyan, whom he visits intermittently to work on pieces and study Russian piano pedagogy. He studied Jazz piano with Scott Oakley and continues to do so under the instruction of Dr. Paul De Castro.
During his time at Cal State LA, David maintained a 3.8 average GPA, and completed the program, anticipated to take 3 years, in 2. In his final semester, David worked as an intern with the “University” times, writing articles covering and highlighting music events on campus. He is a recipient of the Marilyn Ross-Alamshah Scholarship (2012) as well as the Emily Winestock – Memorial Scholarship (2012) during his time at Santa Monica College. In 2016, he won a medal of distinction for “outstanding musicianship” at the Reno Jazz Festival. David is active as a performer in LA, collaborating with Jazz and Pop artists all around LA. Some notable performances include the Calixto Oviedo Trio & the CSULA Afro-Latin Combo featuring Pablo Menendez.
David's passion for teaching stems from a variety of reasons, the primary of which has to with the pedagogy he has been exposed to. He has had fantastic instructors and has seen the motivation good pedagogy creates in a student, and the level of commitment students are willing to give around a positive learning environment. He enjoys drawing from his experiences to give his private students the same kind of feeling. He is currently collaborating with several Jazz artists on performance projects, recording with the Afro-Latin at CSULA, taking private piano instruction, and starting his M.M. In Afro-Latin music in Fall 2017. He hold a Bachelors of Music, in Jazz Studies from California State University, Los Angeles.