David RussellGuitar

This was a rescheduled performance from the 2019–20 Season, it has now been canceled.

David Russell


Saturday, February 27, 2021 | 7:30pm

Herbst TheatreVenue InformationSan Francisco


About This Performance

Grammy-winner David Russell “is not only an elegant musician but also a technician of the highest order,” according to SF Classical Voice. His multiple SF Performances recitals and packed houses attest to his artistry and appeal.

The Guitar Series is presented in association with the OMNI Foundation for the Performing Arts


J. DE SAINT-LUC: La Prise de Gaeta
COUPERIN: Les Silvains; Les Barricades Misterieuses; Les Tours de Passe-Passe
REGONDI: Air Varié, Op. 21
BACH: Chorale Prelude “Wachet auf, ruft us die Stimme”, BWV 645; Chorale Prelude “Jesu bleibet meine Freude”, BWV 147
ASSAD: Phyllis’ Portrait
BARRIOS: Caazapa; Un Sueño en la Floresta

Artist Information

Performer Biography

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.

A prolific recording artists, his collection includes seventeen CDs with Telarc International.

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 him play in London, Andrés Segovia wrote: “My congratulations on your musicality and guitaristic technique”.

Artist Video

David Russell Plays Toccata (Sergio Assad)