SAN FRANCISCO PERFORMANCES PRESENTS
DAVID RUSSELL, GUITAR
Saturday, March 7, 2015, 7:30pm
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – San Francisco Performances continues its 35th season of “bringing great artists center stage” with guitar virtuoso David Russell. This recital takes place Saturday, March 7, 7:30pm at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco.
This Grammy-winning Scottish guitarist’s enduring talent and passion for the guitar, its music and culture runs so deep that his adopted country, Spain, in turn adopted him as a native son. From his home-base of Nagrín, Russell tours the world, making San Francisco Performances a frequent stop, enthralling audiences and garnering critical praise with a riveting focus and inspiring technique.
Classical guitarist David Russell is world renowned for his superb musicianship and inspired artistry, having earned the highest praise from audiences and critics alike. 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.
In May 2003 he was bestowed the great honor of being made “adopted son” of Es Migjorn, the town in Minorca where he grew up. Later the town named a street after him, “Avinguda David Russell”.
In November 2003 he was given the Medal of Honor of the Conservatory of the Balearics.
After winning the Grammy award, the town of Nigrán in Spain where he resides, gave him the silver medal of the town in an emotional ceremony.
During his studies at the Royal Academy, David Russell won twice the Julian Bream Guitar Prize. Later he won numerous international competitions, including the Andrés Segovia Competition, the José Ramírez Competition and Spain’s prestigious Francisco Tárrega Competition.
David Russell spends his time touring the world, appearing regularly at prestigious halls in main cities, such as New York, London, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Madrid, Toronto or Rome. Concert-goers everywhere are in awe of his musical genius and inspired by his captivating stage presence. His love of his craft resonates through his flawless and seemingly effortless performance. 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.
In May 2005 he received a homage from the music conservatory of Vigo, culminating with the opening of the new Auditorium, to which they gave the name “Auditorio David Russell”.
In 2009 David was named honorary member of “Amigos de la Guitarra”, the oldest guitar society in Spain.
Since 1995 David Russell has an exclusive recording contract with Telarc International, with which he has recorded sixteen CDs up to now, among them Aire Latino, which received a Grammy in 2005.
The New York Times wrote about his performance: “…Mr. Russell made his mastery evident without ever deviating from an approach that places musical values above mere display. It was apparent to the audience throughout the recital that Mr. Russell possesses a talent of extraordinary dimension.”
Upon hearing play in London, Andrés Segovia wrote: “My congratulations on your musicality and guitaristic technique.”
The full program is as follows:
VIVALDI: Sonata No. 6 in B-flat Major, RV 46
STEPHEN GOSS: Cantigas de Santiago (Dedicated to David and Maria)
BACH: Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825
JORGE MOREL: Sonatina (Dedicated to David Russell)
Tickets are $50/30. For tickets and more information call (415) 392-2545, or visit sfperformances.org.
About San Francisco Performances:
San Francisco Performances is recognized as one of the leading presenters in the world. Founded by Ruth Felt in 1979 with a season of seven concerts, the organization is now in its 35th season and proudly features more than 50 mainstage performances of chamber music, recitals, contemporary dance, guitar, vocal, and jazz. Through the years, SF Performances has presented more than 100 premieres and San Francisco debuts, introducing such acclaimed artists in recital as composer/pianist Thomas Adès, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, as well as presenting single choreographer-led international dance companies such as Ohad Naharin’s Batsheva from Israel and Wayne McGregor | Random Dance.
Through successful partnerships with artists, Bay Area schools and community organizations, SF Performances has also established one of the most recognized and respected performing arts education programs in the country. Anchored by the artist residency program that brings artists into classrooms and community workshops, the arts education projects help expose new audiences, young and old, to the great performers of our time. SF Performances’ outreach promotes active engagement with the performing arts, deepening the experience while opening events to diverse audiences.