Tanenbaum made his concert debut at the age of 16. He has since become known as an enthusiastic promoter of new music for his instrument, although his repertoire also includes much music from other periods. Among other works, he has premiered Hans Werner Henze's concertoAn eine Aeolsharfe (1985-6) and Peter Maxwell Davies's Sonata (1984).
David Tanenbaum, "Leo Brouwer's 20 estudios sencillos" / David Tanenbaum ; edited by Jim Ferguson. Publisher: San Francisco : Guitar Solo Publications ; Chester, NY : U.S. & Canadian distribution by Music Sales, c1992. English Physical Details: 37 p. : ill. ; 31 cm. Instruction and study. ISBN 0-9627832-3-4