David grew up in Wiltshire where he attended the local comprehensive school in Corsham. He went on to study music at the Royal College of Music in London, graduating in the summer of 1990.
He then went on to work in Spain where he lived for 12 years, working initially for the Orquesta Filharmonica de Malaga, and later, the Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla.
David Hubbard took up the position of Principal Bassoon of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in July 2004. He has performed as a soloist with the RSNO on several occasions playing the Mozart, Vivaldi E Minor, and F Minor concertos, and Michael Daugherty's work, 'Dead Elvis'.
In April 2011 David premiered a new concerto for bassoon called 'That Blessed Wood' written for him by Rory Boyle and commissioned by Camerata Scotland (a recording of which is available on iTunes). David subsequently recorded a piano reduction of the middle section of this work entitled 'Intermezzo' with the pianist Scott Mitchell, as part of a collection of works by Rory Boyle for the CD 'A Box of Chatter'.
Most recently, he recorded Der late Brummbar (The Old Grumbler) op.210 with the RSNO on their album 'A Festival of Fucik' with Neemi Järvi for Chandos.
David has guested as principal bassoon with many of the British orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, CIty of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Halle, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
He is a regular participant in the RSNO chamber music series, and a member of the Phoenix Trio alongside RSNO Principal Flute, Katherine Bryan, and former RSNO Principal Clarinet, John Cushing.
David is tutor of bassoon at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and at the Douglas Academy. He regularly coaches the bassoons for the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, and has given masterclasses at Chethams School of Music, Wells Cathedral School, and the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department.
David greatly enjoys DIY, his latest project being an Old Schoolhouse in Kilsyth, and he is a keen cyclist.