Holsclaw Recital Hall
University of Arizona - School of Music
Saturday, February 28, 2015, 7PM
Sunday, March 1, 2015, 2:30PM
$25 members, $30 non-members, $20 students
"Until I heard David Russell, I never realized how beautiful a guitar could sound, how technically flawless a guitarist could be."
Professor Joel Brown
A Visiting Professor to, and now Doctor Honoris Causa from, the University of Arizona, David Russell returns for a week of master classes and two concerts! And this year we inaugurate the David Russell Competition: Finals will be open to the public, and four finalists will play music of Bach, with David Russell as sole judge.
Grammy Award winning classical guitarist David Russell is world renowned for his superb musicianship and inspired artistry, having earned the highest praise from audiences and critics alike. He has won numerous international competitions, including the Andrés Segovia Competition, the José Ramírez Competition, Spain's prestigious Francisco Tárrega Competition, and the Julian Bream Guitar Prize twice. Indeed, upon hearing David play in London, Andrés Segovia wrote: "My congratulations on your musicality and guitaristic technique." 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.
David Russell spends his time touring the world, appearing regularly at prestigious halls, all the while maintaining an active recording career. Since winning a Grammy in 2005 in the category of best instrumental soloist in classical music for his CD AIRE LATINO, David Russell has produced one extraordinary CD after another. His love of his craft resonates through his flawless and seemingly effortless performances. 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.
David and his wife Maria travel even more extensively now as their charitable organization expands its efforts around the world, with a focus on providing clean water and on building schools in impoverished areas.
An extraordinary talent and an extraordinary human being!
David Russell will teach master classes, open to the public at no fee. Please consult our Local Guitar Events page for details, which will be posted as soon as they are available.