David Teie was born into a musical family, spanning three generation of professional musicians.
David Teie comes from a long line of musicians, composers and professional instrumentalists. Since 2014, he has been the conductor and music director of Washington D.C.'s premier chamber orchestra, the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, and currently serves on the faculty at University of Maryland's School of Music. His career has spanned performing as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra under Russian maestro Mstislav Rostropovich, acting principal cellist of the San Francisco Symphony, where he performed as cellist on Metallica’s 1999 album, S&M. His research has been published in the Royal Society Biology Letters and in Evolution of Emotional Communication. His invention of species-specific music was described by the New York Times as the number one idea of 2009.