David Mason was born in Wisconsin, USA in 1991. He started viola at age 8. At 15 he gave his solo debut as the grand prize winner of the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra Youth Competition. A graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, he received a full scholarship to attend the New England Conservatory of Music, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music in 2013. In 2015, he graduated from Yale University with a Master of Music Degree. His principal teachers include David Holland, Martha Katz, Ettore Causa, and Michelle LaCourse. Festival appearances include Spoleto Festival USA, Pacific Music Festival, and Affinis Music Festival. In 2017 while a doctoral student at Boston University, Mason won a position in the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra. He was appointed by Music Director Yutaka Sado to perform as Vorspieler and was also given the opportunity to perform a recital in the Hyogo Performing Arts Center. Currently, Mason is the Principal Violist of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.