David Darling (born March 3, 1941 in Elkhart, Indiana) is a Grammy Award winning American cellist and composer currently based in Connecticut.
In the summer of 1970 Darling joined the Grammy Award winning Paul Winter Consort making his home in Nashville, TN. There he served as assistant principal cellist with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and worked as a studio session player in the Nashville recording scene with the main focus of his career being the Consort. His first solo release, "Journal October", was released by ECM Records in 1980. He left The Paul Winter Consort in 1987 to pursue his solo career. He has also collaborated with other ECM artists including Terje Rypdal and Ketil Bjørnstad. His album "Cello Blue" (2001) was nominated for a Grammy Award. He won the award for Best New Age Album for his 2009 release "Prayer For Compassion."