David Requiro, Artist in Residence, Cello and Chamber Music
David Requiro (pronounced Re-keer-oh) joins the Puget Sound faculty in Fall 2010 as the Cordelia Wikarski-Miedel Artist in Residence in cello and chamber music. He has emerged as one of today's most promising young cellists. At the age of 23, he was awarded First Prize in the 2008 Naumburg International Violoncello competition to his growing string of awards, which also includes First Prize in both the Washington International and Irving M. Klein International String Competitions. He also captured a top prize at the Gaspar Cassado International Violoncello Competition in Hachioji, Japan, coupled with the prize for the best performances of works by Cassado.
Mr. Requiro has made concerto appearances with the Tokyo Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, and with several orchestras from California including Marin, Stockton, Peninsula, Santa Cruz, Fremont, Diablo and Santa Rosa Symphonies. He has also been featured as a soloist with the Naples Philharmonic, Santa Fe, Ann Arbor, Pine Buff, and Quincy Symphony orchestras as well as with Symphony ProMusica in Boston. David's Carnegie Hall debut recital at Weill Hall was followed by a critically acclaimed San Francisco recital at the Herbst Theatre. Soon after making his Kennedy Center debut, Requiro also completed the cycle of Beethoven's Sonatas for Piano and Cello at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.
Actively involved in contemporary music, Requiro was a guest artist at the 2010 Amsterdam Cello Biennale performing works by Pierre Jalbert, Anne Wilson and others. He has collaborated with the composers Krzysztof Penderecki and Bright Sheng, as well as with members of the Aspen Percussion Ensemble, giving the Aspen Music Festival premiere of Tan Dun's concerto, Elegy: Snow in June, for cello and percussion. He has also performed the European premieres of Lou Harrison's Suite for Cello and Orchestra on tour in Italy with the Crowden School Orchestra. He has also held appointments as artist in residence for the Giverny Chamber Music Festival, the Innsbrook Music Festival and Institute, the Maui Classical Music Festival, and the Strings in the Mountains Music Festival.
A native of Oakland, California, Mr. Requiro began cello studies at age six and his teachers have included Milly Rosner, Bonnie Hampton, Mark Churchill, and Richard Aaron. He resides in Seattle and is a member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players.