David Requiro (pronounced Re-keer-oh) has emerged as one of today’s most promising young cellists. At the age of 23, David added 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 Cassadó International Violoncello Competition in Hachioji, Japan, coupled with the prize for the best performances of works by Cassadó.
David has made concerto appearances with the Tokyo Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and with several orchestras across the country. David’s 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, David 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, David was guest artist at the 2010 Amsterdam Cello Biennale and has collaborated with 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.
A native of Oakland, California, David began cello studies at age six with Milly Rosner. He earned degrees from both the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Richard Aaron.
David has recently been appointed Artist in Residence at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. He is currently a member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York City.
David is passionate about tennis, football, and soccer. He also loves spending time with his girlfriend Meta (a cellist as well), cooking, and comedy. David’s only pets in life, two goldfish named Maurice and Justine, now live and thrive with a foster family in Minnesota. Although he currently has no pets, David is reminded on a daily basis of Meta’s desire to get a miniature longhaired dachshund.