The University of Arizona School of Music
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
“David Russell: Musician, Scholar, Teacher and Humanitarian” – A Convocation of the University of Arizona School of Music. The Bolton Guitar Studies Program will be celebrating the bestowal of an honorary doctoral degree on David Russell
Friday, May 16, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Holsclaw Hall, UA School of Music, south-east corner of Park and Speedway
Free admission, open to the public
Media: Ingvi Kallen, firstname.lastname@example.org, 520-626-6320
Julia Pernet, Tucson Guitar Society, TucsonGS@gmail.com
Available upon request
The Bolton Guitar Studies Program at the University of Arizona School of Music is pleased to announce the bestowal of an honorary doctoral degree on David Russell. This honor will be celebrated through several events during the University of Arizona 2014 May graduation.
One of the highlights of this celebration will be “David Russell: Musician, Scholar, Teacher and Humanitarian” – A Convocation of the University of Arizona School of Music, to be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 16, 2014 in Holsclaw Hall. At this event Maestro Russell will be recognized by the students of the Bolton Guitar Studies and the guitar community.
This convocation and recital is a tribute to Maestro Russell’s accomplishments throughout his career and his tireless humanitarian work with the continuous support of his wife, María Jesús Rodríguez. The program for this event will include a wide range of pieces close to Maestro Russell’s heart interpreted by Bolton students and players from the community. They range from his arrangements of Scarlatti and Bach to his wonderful arrangements of Celtic music.
Because this honorary event will be held in the intimate setting of Holsclaw Hall, those wishing to attend should email Julia Pernet, chairman of the Tucson Guitar Society, at TucsonGS@gmail.com to reserve a seat. Those who have not registered will be admitted if space permits.
This event will also be livestreamed. The link will be announced in the Tucson Guitar Society Website and in the Bolton Studies website.
About David Russell
David Russell is the most sought after classical guitar soloist and teacher of today, widely renowned for his superb musicianship and inspired artistry. David Russell’s connection with the University of Arizona started in 1981, playing concerts and giving master classes. These occasional visits eventually became yearly events, providing continuity in his work with students in the guitar program. The quality of his teaching and his outstanding performances drew the attention of Dr. Sandy Bolton, an aficionado of the instrument. The first major gift of the Boltons was to sponsor David’s residencies, and Sandy and Phyllis Bolton went on to make major gifts to the guitar studies program. Totalling 4.5 million dollars, it is the largest bequest in the history of the College of Fine Arts. David continues to be artist in residence at the University of Arizona, visiting every spring. His regular participation in master classes draws some of the best students in guitar from around the world to the Bolton Guitar Studies Program.
David Russell tours widely, appearing regularly at prestigious halls in the world’s major cities, from Wigmore Hall, London, to the Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, and all major cities between. He also plays with symphony orchestras all over the world, having been under the baton of reputed conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, performing for large crowds, as he did recently in Chicago with Alondra de la Parra at the Millennium Park. David is currently touring with an innovative project of Golden Globe Award film composer Michael Nyman, with whom he has worked in close collaboration.
David has recorded CDs of music from every period, with an extraordinary total of twenty-seven recordings. Since 1995, he has had an exclusive contract with Telarc International, with whom he has made seventeen CDs. A solo recoding every year is an extraordinary accomplishment, and, in addition, his 2005 CD "Aire Latino" won the Grammy Award in the category of best instrumental soloist in classical music.
A large number of prominent composers have dedicated works to him that have become standards in the guitar repertoire. Conversely, David’s publications of his own transcriptions are widely used by guitar players everywhere.
In addition to his musical work, David dedicates much of his time to charitable works. He and his wife, María Jesús, created an NGO (Non Governmental Organization) registered in Spain, called "ONGD David Russell y María Jesús." Through it, they have financed projects of cooperation for the development of water extraction, construction of wells, management of hydraulic infrastructures, groundwork for the hydrological resources and development of the conditions of drinking water, as well as promoting the access to drinking water in African countries. They have built more than 70 wells to date. The second major goal of this organization, is to help with projects of education in India. They have financed the building of four schools in Andra Pradesh, in the area of Anantapur. And the project closest to their hearts is the maintenance of a school in India for 90 disabled children, both physically and mentally handicapped. Although David spends most of the year on tour playing concerts and teaching, the humanitarian work represents a very important part of his life.