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David Cole, cello

David Cole
Cellist David Cole is a fourth generation musician. His great grandfather and grandfather were violinists, and his father, Orlando, was the famed cellist of the Curtis String Quartet and teacher at the Curtis Institute. He graduated from the Curtis Institute having studied with Metta Watts, Orlando Cole, Leonard Rose, and Zara Nelsova. He participated in the Pablo Casals master classes during two summers at Marlboro, and performed and recorded with the orchestra conducted by Casals. David also participated in a Jeuness Musical in Yugoslavia and in the Aspen and Tanglewood music festivals. He has been soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony in Washington, the symphony of Nice, France, the Solisti L’Aquilani at Carnegie Hall, and more than 75 solo performances with the Abruzzo Symphony in Italy. He was awarded a Martha Baird Rockefeller grant after performing at Carnegie Hall, and recorded trios with famed pianist Rudolf Serkin and violinist Pina Carmirelli. David was chosen to play in a master class lesson with Pablo Casals on the Bell Telephone Hour as part of a documentary on the Marlboro Festival.   David and violinist wife Carol spent over 10 years in Europe where they toured extensively, appearing as soloists, as members of chamber groups, and as principle players in symphony orchestras. Cole’s musical experience includes playing as a member of several orchestras including La Scala in Milan, the Turin Radio Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony, and, as principal cellist, with the New Jersey Symphony, the Florida Philharmonic, the Abruzzo Symphony, the Bethlehem Bach Festival Orchestra, the Solisti L’Aquilani, the Wilmington Symphony, the Florida Grand Opera, and Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra.   David’s love for classical music and his belief in its power as a living art form, have inspired him not only to strive for the highest standards in cello performance, but to devote himself to passing on the knowledge handed down to him by great artists of the past. As a teacher, David began as a teenager at the New School of Music in Philadelphia, continuing at the Istituzione Sinfonica D’Abruzzo in L’Aquila, Italy. Over the past two decades he has taught at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, the Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, and many summers at Indiana University’s summer music festival.   Presently, David is Professor of Cello and Department Head of Strings at the Conservatory of Music at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.