David Russell


A Visiting Professor to, and Doctor Honoris Causa from, the University of Arizona, David Russell returns for a week of master classes and two concerts! In addition to his many master classes, David Russell will again be the sole judge of the fifth David Russell Bach Award Recital: finals will be open to the public, with four finalists playing on March 20 in Holsclaw Hall.

David Russell spends his time touring the world, appearing regularly at prestigious concert halls, 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 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 Russell is world renowned for his superb musicianship and inspired artistry, earning the highest praise from audiences and critics alike. Early in his career, he won many 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 and inducted into the Guitar Foundation of America’s Hall of Fame in 2018.

David and his wife Maria, who live in Spain, 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 for observation at no fee. Please consult our Local Guitar Events page or Facebook for details, which will be posted as soon as they are available.

David Russell plays a Mathias Damman guitar.

For ticket information please visit http://tucsonguitarsociety.org/

Biography courtesy of Tucson Guitar Society.