David Cunliffe, cello
Acclaimed cellist David Cunliffe is a founding member of the Grammy nominated Lincoln Trio and cellist of the Black Oak Ensemble. Mr. Cunliffe has performed in many of the world's leading concert halls and Festivals including appearances at Carnegie's Weil Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Harris Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Bryant Park Festival, Ravinia Festival and in South America where the Lincoln Trio toured with the Filarmónica Joven de Colombia performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in five cities across Colombia.
Recent highlights include a tour of Europe with the Black Oak Ensemble including appearances in Amsterdam, Athens, Paris, Grenoble and a performance on behalf of the United Nations mission of Hungary, in Geneva Switerland.
His collaborations with other artists include appearances with Roberto Diaz, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Illya Kaeler, Antonio Lysy, Roger Chase, Simon Keenlyside, Arianna Zukerman, Paul Colletti, Mathieu Dufour, Ricardo Morales. In addition Mr. Cunliffe was also a member of the renowned Balanescu Quartet. As a member of the Lincoln Trio, Mr. Cunliffe has appeared on numerous recordings including the Grammy nominated “Trios from our Homelands”, Grammy nominated “Annelies”, as well as five other releases on the Cedille label. Other Recording highlights include the critically acclaimed debut recording of “Silenced Voices” with the Black Oak Ensemble and “Arabian Waltz” with the Balanescu Quartet.
An enthusiast of new music, he has performed and worked with some of the world’s leading composers including George Crumb, John Tower, Jennifer Higdon, Lera Auberbach, Augusta Read Thomas, Terry Reilly, Michael Nyman, Chen Yi, Conrad Tao, Zhou Long, Pierre Jalbert, Shulamit Ran and Joan Tower. Mr Cunliffe is a recipient of the Terrance Weill, Leonard Hirsch and the Lady Barbirolli Chamber Music Awards. With the Lincoln Trio he was the winner of the 2008 Master Players International Competition in Venice, Italy and recipient of the 2011 Young Performers Career Advancement Award.
A passionate and sought after educator he has appeared as guest artist at San Francisco State University, University of Wisconsin Madison, SUNY Fredonia, Universidad Javeriana Bogota and Michigan State University among others. He is currently on faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago and the New Music School and is an Artist-in-Residence at both institutions. He is also a member of the chamber music faculty at Northwestern University.
A native of England, David studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and continued his studies at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland where he toured with Camerata Lysy and Yehudi Menuhin. His teachers included Margaret Moncrieff, Christopher Bunting, Moray Welsh, Antonio Lysy and Radu Aldulescu.