David Christophersen was born in Oslo, where he began his piano studies with members of the Barratt-Due family. As a teenager he accompanied for Henry Holst's postgraduate classes at the Royal Danish conservatoire, gave his first solo recital and thereafter studied in Denmark and the UK with Gunver Krabbe, the great Anglo-Swiss pianist Albert Ferber, Peter Wallfisch, Paul Roberts and the composer Latif Freedman.
He has presented an unusually wide solo repertoire in festivals and venues in Scandinavia, the UK, Italy and Ireland and this has recently included sonata sequences by Schubert and Chopin, Bach's Goldberg Variations, Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit and less well-known treasures from the Czech, Latin American and Scandinavian traditions. His latest project has been the cycle of Prokofiev's War Sonatas, nos 6 – 8 presented with Beethoven's op 2 sonatas and also in sequence works by Martinu, Nin and Ruders. He has appeared in the UK at venues as varied as the Woburn Abbey Festival, Anglia Ruskin University, Bristol St George's, Oxford's Hollywell Music Room, Edinburgh's Reid Hall, London's City University and Cambridge's West Road Concert Hall to name a few.
His growing interest in new music early on led to a collaboration for many years with the composer Latif Freedman on numerous new works, followed by similar associations with the Canadian composer Matt Rogalsky and with the Cambridge composer Jeremy Thurlow for whom David has recently premiered a series of striking new chamber pieces.
Since 2002 he has been Artistic Director of a long-running concert series in Cambridge's West Road Concert Hall and in 2007 together with the Chinese pianist Vivian Choi he founded a two piano and percussion ensemble, which performs Bartok's great sonata for that medium as well as their own arrangements and new music.
Forthcoming projects include the world premieres of Robin Holloway's Scherzo alla ciaconna and Jeremy Thurlow's Soft-born measureless light during David's Prokofiev cycle in St John's Smith Square, and the performance together with pianist Marie-Noelle Kendal of Robin Holloway's monumental two piano exploration of Bach's Goldberg Variations, the Gilded Goldbergs in Cambridge in 2013.
David lives and teaches in Cambridge where he also gives occasional talks on technique and the historical aspects of piano repertoire. He has been invited to be an international competition jurist and has written about performance and repertoire for the European Piano Teachers Association Journal.