David Teie was born into a musical family, spanning three generations of professional musicians.
David Teie comes from a long line of musicians. As a cellist, he has given eighteen solo performances with the National Symphony Orchestra including a U.S. tour under Russian maestro Mstislav Rostropovich, who chose David to become a member of that orchestra. As acting principal cellist of the San Francisco Symphony in 1999, he played lead cello on Metallica’s album, S&M. From 2014 - 2016 he was 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 research and theoretical work has been published by the Royal Society in Biology Letters and by Oxford University Press 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.