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David Russell
Guitar Master Class


The Registration Deadline To Perform has passed.

Spivey Hall will notify all applicants by March 21 of their status. Applicants who are not selected to perform may audit the class. Any guests who wish to observe a master class will need to register as an auditor.

To Audit:

To attend a master class as an auditor, please call the Spivey Hall box office at (678) 466-4200 to purchase a ticket. There is no registration deadline for auditors and tickets will also be available at the door before each class.

Sponsored by The Friends of Spivey Hall with additional support from SouthArts, master classes are led by internationally recognized artists with a desire to encourage others in their field. Master classes are not only an opportunity for musicians to receive personal instruction from a highly acclaimed artist, but also a chance for the audience to experience the level of detail and preparation necessary to become an exceptional musician. Master classes provide a glimpse into the lives of some of the most talented artists currently performing and Spivey Hall is proud to offer this opportunity to its community. Music lovers of all abilities who wish to learn more about technique, interpretation, and artistry are also welcome to attend as auditors.

Classical guitarist David Russell is world renowned for his superb musicianship and inspired artistry, having earned the highest praise from audiences and critics alike. In recognition of his great talent and his international career, he was named a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Music in London in 1997. During his studies at the Royal Academy, David won twice the Julian Bream Guitar Prize. Later he won numerous international competitions, including the Andrés Segovia Competition, the José Ramírez Competition and Spain’s prestigious Francisco Tárrega Competition.

Since 1995 David Russell has an exclusive recording contract with Telarc International, with which he has recorded sixteen CDs. David won the 2005 Grammy award in the category of best instrumental soloist in classical music for his CD Aire Latino. David spends his time touring the world, appearing regularly at prestigious halls in main cities, such as New York, London, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Madrid, Toronto or Rome. Concert-goers everywhere are in awe of his musical genius and inspired by his captivating stage presence. His love of his craft resonates through his flawless and seemingly effortless performance. The attention to detail and provocative lyrical phrasing suggest an innate understanding of what each individual composer was working to achieve, bringing to each piece a sense of adventure.

The New York Times wrote about his performance: "… Mr. Russell made his mastery evident without ever deviating from an approach that places musical values above mere display. It was apparent to the audience throughout the recital that Mr. Russell possesses a talent of extraordinary dimension".

David Russell can be heard in concert on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 8:15 PM. For tickets, call the Spivey Hall Box Office at (678) 466-4200 or visit


Spivey Hall’s 2013-2014 Educational Programs are supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its partner agency – the National Endowment for the Arts.

David Russell’s residency is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Georgia Council for the Arts.



Admissions Policy

No one under the age of 12 is admitted to Spivey Hall concerts, unless the concert is specifically designated as being appropriate for younger children. Click here to learn more about Spivey Hall's Young People's Concerts for children in grades Pre-K through 12.

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