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For David Requiro, It’s All About the Cello
25-year-old David Requiro is an accomplished cellist who says he owes it all to one teacher. David Requiro grew up in Oakland, California and began studying the cello at age six – and hasn't stopped since. When he reached high school, David moved to the East Coast to study at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Massachusetts. At age 17 he appeared on NPR's From the Top in January 2003 at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall in Boston.

When it came time for college, David moved to Ohio to attend the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), despite strong encouragement to stay on the East Coast. At CIM he was introduced to professor of cello Richard Aaron, who became a huge influence and mentor to David.

David admits, "I really owe everything to Richard Aaron. It's his balanced approach to being a cellist and being a musician. He motivated me to practice and he dissected cello technique into something that was digestible and methodical."

David later completed his master's in music at the University of Michigan, also with Mr. Aaron.

"Thanks to him, I've had people describe my technique almost like a violinists I don't sound like I'm playing cello...which I interpret as a compliment."

While studying at the University of Michigan, David entered and subsequently won first prize in the prestigious 2008 Naumburg International Violoncello Competition in New York City. His award included $6,000, a New York debut recital, and other orchestral performances.

David has a very robust musical career despite his young age – he's won First Prize in both the Irving M. Klein and Washington International String Competitions. He also received 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.

He's performed with the National Symphony, the Ann Arbor Symphony, the Santa Fe Symphony, the Marin Symphony, the Tokyo Philharmonic and most recently, The Stockton Symphony in California. David has also put out a debut CD with pianist Elizabeth DeMio. His second CD, comprised of Beethoven sonatas, is currently in production and was inspired by Mr. Aaron.

"Richard motivated me and made me see the light in doing the all the Beethoven Sonatas [during] my junior recital. He guided me through those serious works and the result was very special."

Currently David is an "Artist in Residence" at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. His artist faculty appointments include the Giverny Chamber Music Festival, the Innsbrook Music Festival and Institute, the Maui Classical Music Festival, and the Strings in the Mountains Music Festival.

"They want me to continue to perform during the year not only to bring awareness to the music department and the school itself, but to help me build a rep."

Currently, David appears on a special "Alumni Musical Mavericks" highlight episode of From the Top, airing the week of November 29, 2010. On the show David performs Sonata for Cello and Piano, Mvt. 1 by Claude Debussy.