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Masterclass: David Russell, guitar
Cha Chi Ming Recital Hall
200 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102
Masks Required in the Concert Venue.
No Tickets Required
Johann Sebastian Bach: Lute Suite in G Minor, BWV 995
Francis Kleynjans: Arabesque en forme de caprice, Op. 99
arr. Mario Tsz-Chun To: Mná na hÉireann/Gort na Saileán (Two Celtic Folk Songs)
Mario Tsz-Chun To
Sergei Rudnev: The Old Lime Tree
About David Russell
GRAMMY award winner for his CD AIRE LATINO in the category of best instrumental soloist in classical music.
Honorary Doctorate in Music by the University of Arizona in Tucson in 2014.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Guitar Foundation of America in 2018.
Classical guitarist David Russell is world renowned for his superb musicianship and inspired artistry, having earned the highest praise from audiences and critics alike. In recognition of his great talent and his international career, he was named a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Music in London in 1997.
In May 2003 he was bestowed the great honor of being made "adopted son" of Es Migjorn, the town in Minorca where he grew up. Later the town named a street after him, "Avinguda David Russell".
In November 2003 he was given the Medal of Honor of the Conservatory of the Balearics.
After winning the grammy award, the town of Nigrán in Spain where he resides, gave him the silver medal of the town in an emotional ceremony.
During his studies at the Royal Academy, David Russell won twice the Julian Bream Guitar Prize. Later he won numerous international competitions, including the Andrés Segovia Competition , the José Ramírez Competition and Spain's prestigious Francisco Tárrega Competition .
David Russell spends his time touring the world, appearing regularly at prestigious halls in main cities, such as New York, London, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Madrid, Toronto or Rome. Concert-goers everywhere are in awe of his musical genius and inspired by his captivating stage presence. His love of his craft resonates through his flawless and seemingly effortless performance. The attention to detail and provocative lyrical phrasing suggest an innate understanding of what each individual composer was working to achieve, bringing to each piece a sense of adventure.
In May 2005 he received a homage from the music conservatory of Vigo, culminating with the opening of the new Auditorium, to which they gave the name "Auditorio David Russell".
In 2009 David was named honorary member of "Amigos de la Guitarra", the oldest guitar society in Spain.
A prolific recording artists, his collection includes seventeen CDs with Telarc International.
The New York Times wrote about his performance: "... Mr. Russell made his mastery evident without ever deviating from an approach that places musical values above mere display. It was apparent to the audience throughout the recital that Mr. Russell possesses a talent of extraordinary dimension".
Upon hearing play in London, Andrés Segovia wrote: "My congratulations on your musicality and guitaristic technique".
About SFCM’s Guitar Department
Study classical guitar in the heart of one of the country’s most active guitar scenes. SFCM produces some of the most successful and influential classical guitarists in the world. Spearheaded by renowned faculty and complemented by visiting artists such as Sérgio Assad, the department honors the tradition of the classical guitar while cultivating innovation. The Harris Guitar Collection, owned by SFCM, gives students a chance to see—and play—some of the most extraordinary guitars of the last two centuries.
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