David Russell - Violin

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Violinist David Russell enjoys an international reputation as a violin pedagogue.

Violinist David Russell is one of the most celebrated violin pedagogues of his generation.

Mr. Russell served on the Violin Faculty at The Cleveland Institute of Music for 24 years, and was also Visiting Violin Faculty at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.

He has taught at some of the world’s most prestigious violin schools, including Ivan Galamian’s Meadowmount School of Music, the School for Strings, Keshet Eilon International Violin Mastercourse (Israel), ARIA International Summer Music Academy, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and LMFL courses in Llandovery, Wales, Bristol, U.K., and Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, France.

He currently directs the annual Mountaintop Mastercourse for Violin in Elizabethtown, NY, a program that attracts students from around the globe.

He has been a Distinguished Member of the Jury at international competitions such at the Sion-Valais International Violin Competition (Switzerland), and the International Violin Competition of Buenos Aires (Argentina), as well as at several important U.S. national competitions.

He has given numerous recitals and master classes across North and South America, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia, and was the featured artist in the “World String Masters” performance and master class series in Lisbon, Portugal, as well as the featured teacher for the Guest  Master class series at the Conservatorio Superior di Musica of Cordoba, Spain and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China.

He has concertized extensively throughout Europe, Asia and North and South America.

Artistic Director for the North American Premier of “Violins of Hope-Charlotte”, a two-week series of concerts, lectures, films and museum exhibitions featuring 18 violins restored from the Holocaust by Israeli violin maker Amnon Weinstein, Mr. Russell performed as soloist with the Charlotte Symphony, along with renowned soloists such as Shlomo Mintz, Pedro Eustache, Hillel Zori and Cihat Askin.

Mr. Russell’s former students include IMG Artist Chad Hoopes, members of orchestras such as The Cleveland Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, The Louisville Orchestra and others. Several are members of noted string quartets and still others are noted University and Conservatory teachers.

He has appeared in chamber music recital at The Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, and has been heard on National Public Radio’s  Performance Today as well as in numerous international concert venues.

Mr. Russell’s students have also received much acclaim. Among them is the 2008 winner of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition Junior Division in Cardiff, Wales.

One of David Russell students winner of The 2008 Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition

Others are members of major American Orchestras (including The Cleveland Orchestra), and members of professional chamber music groups. Two are currently under management as touring soloists.

David’s travel video.

Currently, Mr. Russell is the Anne R. Belk Distinguished Professor of Violin at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is married to collaborative pianist Zaiba Sheikh.  They have two sons, Daniel and Ian.