Noted for an attractive and outgoing stage presence, for his command a wide spectrum of tone colors, and new or unfamiliar music in his recitals, David Russell is an exceptional classical guitarist with a solid international concert and recording career. David has performed in the major concert venues of the world, in North and South America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. When he was five, Russell's parents moved the family to Menorca, a Spanish island in the Mediterranean. His father, an artist, became his first teacher. Before he could read music, David could play pieces by ear that he had learned from listening to Andrés Segovia recordings. He returned to Britain at the age of 16 to attend the Royal Academy of Music in London.
David graduated in 1974 with a Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust Scholarship, winning the Ramirez Competition of Santiago de Compostela in 1975. He won twice the Julian Bream Prize (1973-74), the Andres Segovia Prize of Palma de Mallorca in 1977, the Alicante Prize, and the Francisco Tarrega Competition. He made his Wigmore Hall (London) and New York debuts in the same year, 1981, and was named a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Music in London in 1997. In November 2003 he was given the Medal of Honor of the Conservatory of the Balearics. In 2009 David was named honorary member of "Amigos de la Guitarra," the oldest guitar society in Spain. Most recently he received an Honorary Doctorate in Music by the University of Arizona in Tucson, 2014.
Recording primarily for the GHA and Telarc Records labels, and on Opera Tres where he recorded the complete works of Francisco Tarrega, David has also made recordings of several works of the Paraguayan composer Agustín Barrios Mangoré and Spanish composer Federico Moreno-Torroba, and a release of the three solo guitar concerted works of Joaquín Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuéz, Fantasía para un Gentilhombre, and Concierto para una Fiesta. Since 1995 David Russell has exclusively recorded with Telarc: sixteen CD’s, among them Aire Latino, for which received a GRAMMY award in 2005 in the category of “Best Instrumental Soloist” in classical music. Composers who have written music for him include Jorge Morel, Francis Kleynijans, Carlo Domeniconi, Sergio Assad, and Guido Santorsola.
“Mr. Russell possesses a talent of extraordinary dimension." New York Times
El Ultimo Tremolo by Agustin Barrios Mangoré