Born in West Sussex in 1972, David Knotts began formal piano tuition at the age of seven. His interest in composition soon followed and he studied for five years as a junior exhibitioner at the Royal Academy of Music. He went on to study with Robin Holloway at Cambridge University, Robert Saxton at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and completed a doctorate in composition with Martin Butler in 2004. In 2007, he was made an honorary associate of the Royal Academy of Music where he has taught since 1994 and is also a member of staff at Trinity College of Music.
Alongside regularly conducting his own music, David has developed a reputation as a choral conductor with a great interest and enthusiasm for working with voices. He developed a prize-winning chamber choir during his time at Lady Margaret School. Since 1994, he has worked alongside Jonathan Willcocks with the three choirs at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department.
Since 2004, David has conducted a choir at HSBC bank at Canary Wharf and the choir took part in a BBC initiative, Singers in the City, in 2007. David also works with the London Symphony Orchestra Community Choir (most recently for a concert with Jazz legend, Hugh Masekela and the LSO at the Barbican) and has recorded a CD of his music with Highcliffe Junior Choir.