David Russell, cello, maintains a vigorous schedule in this country and abroad as both soloist and collaborator. He is especially active in the Boston area, regularly featured in concerts of ensembles such as Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, New England String Ensemble, Cantata Singers, Emmanuel Music and, from 2006-2011, Opera Boston, where he was principal cello.
A strong advocate and performer of new music, he has performed with such ensembles as Phantom Arts Ensemble for American Music, Dinosaur Annex, Collage New Music, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Music on the Edge, AUROS Group for New Music, Firebird Ensemble, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, and the Fromm Foundation Players at Harvard He is a founding member of Furious Band, an ensemble devoted to the exploration and performance of works by young composers Furious Band was the 2000 contemporary ensemble in residence at the Aspen Summer Music Festival.
Laurie San Martin’s Cello Concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony, Eric Moe’s “Mud Wrestling at the O.K. Corral” for cello and piano and works for solo cello by Andrew Rindfleisch, Sam Nichols and John Mallia. Recordings on Tzadik, Centaur, CRI, Albany Records and New World Records.
Mr. Russell has premiered numerous works by living composers such as Eric Moe, Tamar Diesendruck, Chen Yi, Andrew Rindfleisch, John Fitz Rogers, Laurie San Martin, Edward Cohen, Eleanor Cory, Kurt Rohde, Allen Anderson, Roger Zahab, Roshanne Etezady, Jerome Miskell, Alton Clingan, Edwin London, Shi-Hui Chen, Francis Thorne, Sam Nichols, and John Mallia. Recent projects include the premiere of Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon’s chamber opera Comala at the Bellas Artes in Mexico City, performances at Miller Theater at Columbia University, the American Academy in Rome and the Rotterdam Conservatory, U.S. premieres of works for solo cello by Harold Meltzer and Judith Weir, recordings of new works by Eric Moe, Eric Chasalow, Laurie San Martin, Allen Anderson and Edward Knight, masterclasses at the University of California-Davis, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and residencies at the University of South Carolina-Columbia and Tufts University He teaches at the Cello Seminar, a summer program for study of contemporary cello music associated with Music from Salem and developed by Rhonda Rider.
Mr. Russell frequently tours with recitals of new works for solo cello and has recently appeared at the the Boston Conservatory, University of Pittsburgh, the University of California-Davis, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Millikin University, the College of Wooster and Mount Union College His playing can be heard on the Albany Records, New World Records and Composers Recordings labels He obtained his D.M.A. in ‘cello performance at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, studying with Timothy Eddy, and holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the University of Akron and Brandeis University His previous teachers have included Steven Doane, Michael Haber and Rhonda Rider.