David Chernyavsky, a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, came to the United States in 1997 to study at the Indiana University School of Music with the famous professor Nelli Shkolnikova. In 1998, he won the IU Concerto Competition and performed as a soloist with the Indiana University Concert Orchestra. In 2000, Chernyavsky, with his student quartet, participated in the IU String Quartet Competition and was awarded the Kuttner Quartet Scholarship. In the same year, he became a member of the Spoleto USA festival orchestra, where he performed as a concertmaster during the 2001 and 2002 summer seasons.
After graduating from Indiana University, David continued his studies at the Juilliard School in New York City. In 2003, he graduated from Juilliard with a master's degree and immediately joined the St. Petersburg String Quartet. As a member of the quartet, David has performed over 180 chamber music concerts throughout the world and collaborated with such distinguished musicians as Ida Kavafian, Ruth Laredo, Michael Tree, and many others. In 2005, Chernyavsky was appointed an Assistant Concertmaster of the Washington National Opera Orchestra. In September 2007, he joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Chernyavsky has recorded several CDs with the St. Petersburg Quartet and with the Joel Rubin Klezmer Music Ensemble, and he has released his own solo CD, Klezmer Violin.
David joined the San Francisco Symphony in 2009. He also performs and teaches with the San Francisco Academy Orchestra.