David Adorján, born in Cologne in 1972, received his first cello lesson at the age of five and later studied with Jan Polásek, Frans Helmerson and Heinrich Schiff.
In 1999 he became principal cellist of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. As a soloist David Adorján has performed concertos with various eminent orchestras in Germany, Italy, France, Turkey, Austria, Japan and South America under the direction of conductors including Christopher Hogwood, Michael Gielen and Mariss Jansons.
Among his chamber music partners are Renaud Capuçon, Daishin Kashimoto, Jörg Widmann, Amihai Grosz, Alexander Lonquich, Sir Simon Rattle und Magdalena Kožená. Together with his wife Rahel Rilling, David Adorján plans and directs the Hohenstaufen Chamber Music Festival, which celebrated its ten-year anniversary in 2015.
Radio and recording labels such as CPO, Thorofon and Hänssler CLASSIC have documented his artistic work. David Adorján has taught at the University of the Arts Berlin from 2004 until 2016. He plays a Carlo Giuseppe Testore cello from 1697.