Krein, David was born in 1869 in Kurlandia. Brother of the composers Aleksandr and Grigorii Krein.
Pupil of I. Grzhimali.
First violin and soloist with the ballet orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, 1900-1926. Professor at the Moscow Conservatory, 1918-1926. Member of the Moskovskoe Trio (with D. Short the founder, M. AFtshuler, and later R. Erlikh).