Violinist David Russell



"Mr. Russell's passion and a true testament of his desire and belief that humanity and music are critically interrelated."
---Christopher Warren-Green, Music Director, Charlotte Symphony, London Chamber Orchestra

"Professor Russell stimulated a community-wide re-creation of the essence of humanity; our common destiny.  He spawned a veritable industry in helping the community in Charlotte to understand and practice compassion." --- UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois

"David is a born pedagogue in every way. His grasp of fundamentals, his ability to communicate and connect with students and his deep understanding of all things violin, are truly inspiring, even (especially) to his colleagues. Watching him teach, analyze and get straight to a young person’s needs is a clinic unto itself. He has an uncanny ability to instantly recognize students’ strengths, build on them and then calmly organize even the most poorly trained pupil, getting them to improve very quickly with just a few suggestions. He is not prone to long discourses-he simply builds up the student and gives them confidence to correct their flaws. His knowledge of the repertoire is superb and he is equally at home teaching every genre and period of music presented to him."---Andrés Cárdenes

2nd Prize Winner, 1982 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition,

Distinguished Professor of Violin, Dorothy Richard Starling and Alexander Speyer, Jr. Endowed Chair, Carnegie Mellon University,

Artistic Director and Conductor of Orchestral Studies, Carnegie Mellon University,

Music Director, Strings Music Festival (CO),

Former Concertmaster, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra 1988-2010,

Former Music Director, Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra (1999-2010)