David Requiro Becomes Artist in Residence at Puget Sound

July 16, 2010

TACOMA, Wash. – David Requiro, a celebrated young American cellist with a string of international awards to his name, will join University of Puget Sound as the Cordelia Wikarski-Miedel Artist in Residence with the School of Music this coming fall.

“We are delighted to have David Requiro join us and give our students and audiences the benefit of his exceptional musical talent,” said Keith Ward, director of the School of Music. “David’s gifts as a cellist have won him recognition on stages here and overseas. In his two-day interview he also demonstrated a passion and devotion to teaching. He will contribute in no small way to helping us maintain the highest standards in our education and concert programs.”

Requiro (pronounced Re-keer-oh) was the recipient of first prize in the 2008 Walter W. Naumburg International Violoncello Competition in New York City. He took the top honor in the National Symphony Orchestra Young Soloists’ Competition in Washington, D.C. (2008), and the Washington International and Irving M. Klein International string competitions (2006), among others. In Japan he captured a top prize at the Gaspar Cassadó International Violoncello Competition, and was recognized for giving the best performances of works by Cassadó.

After teaching master classes at leading universities and conservatories across the country, including University of Michigan, Cleveland Institute of Music, and University of Illinois, Requiro said he is looking forward to coming to Puget Sound.

“I am thrilled at the opportunity to collaborate with the faculty and students of Puget Sound,” Requiro said. “The dedication and diversity of the students is truly impressive and to be a member of such a special community is a privilege.”

As artist in residence, Requiro will teach cello, coach in and oversee the chamber music program, and perform in a newly formed faculty trio including Duane Hulbert (piano) and Maria Sampen (violin). He will make his debut in the university’s Jacobsen Concert Series in spring 2011.

The 25-year-old musician is actively involved in contemporary music and has collaborated with composers Krzysztof Penderecki and Bright Sheng. He performed the Aspen Music Festival premiere of Tan Dun’s concerto Elegy: Snow in June for cello and percussion, and the European premiere of Lou Harrison’s Suite for Cello and Orchestra on tour in Italy with the Crowden School Orchestra.

Requiro has made concerto appearances with the Tokyo Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, and numerous California-based orchestras. He was featured as a soloist with the Santa Fe, Pine Bluff, and Quincy symphony orchestras, as well as with Symphony Pro Musica in Boston.

Music critics have referred to Requiro’s “dazzling technique,” “symbiotic relationship” with his instrument, and “indefinable star quality” onstage. His Carnegie Hall debut recital at Weill Hall was followed by a critically acclaimed San Francisco Performances recital at the Herbst Theatre. Soon after making his Kennedy Center debut, Requiro completed the cycle of Beethoven’s Sonatas for Piano and Cello at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.

A native of Oakland, Calif., Requiro earned his Bachelor of Music degree at Cleveland Institute of Music and his Master of Music degree at University of Michigan, studying under Professor Richard Aaron. Requiro currently resides in New York City, where he is a member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players.

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