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David Russell (guitarist)

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David Russell
Born (1953-06-01) June 1, 1953 (age 71)
Glasgow, Scotland
Occupation(s)Musician and Teacher
Instrument(s)Classical Guitar
Years active1978–present
LabelsAzica Records and Telarc

David Russell (born 1953 in Glasgow) is a classical guitarist. He is considered a virtuoso with a captivating stage presence, impeccable tone, technical mastery over his instrument, and a soft spoken dedication to advancing the craft of classical guitar.[1] Although he has a wide collection of instruments, he is most known for his association with Matthias Dammann guitars[2] and D’Addario Pro-Arte’ Nylon strings.[3]


When Russell was five years of age, his family moved from Glasgow to Menorca, where he became interested in the guitar, imitating the likes of Andrés Segovia and Julian Bream. Today, Russell resides in Galicia, but spends most of his time touring and playing in prestigious musical festivals around the world.[4] He is also a keen golf enthusiast and has won amateur golf tournaments in Scotland and Spain. Russell is an avid supporter of his local football team, Celta de Vigo.[5]

Honours And Awards[edit]

Under the tutelage of Hector Quine[6] at the Royal Academy of Music, Russell won the Julian Bream Guitar Prize twice. He graduated in 1974 with a scholarship from the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust.[7] Later, he won numerous international competitions, including the Andrés Segovia Competition, the José Ramírez Competition, and Spain's Francisco Tárrega Competition. Russell was named a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London in 1997. In May 2003, he was awarded the honour of being made "adopted son" of Es Migjorn Gran, the town on Menorca where he grew up. In November 2003, he was given the Medal of Honour of the Conservatory of the Balearics.[8] In 2005, he won a Grammy Award for best instrumental soloist in classical music for his CD Aire Latino.[9] In May 2005, Russell received homage from the music conservatory of Vigo, culminating with the opening of the new auditorium given the name "Auditorio David Russell."[10] David was named honorary member of “Amigos de la Guitarra” - the oldest guitar society in Spain - in 2009[11] and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Guitar Foundation of America in 2018.[12]


Year[13] Album Label Notes
2021 Cantigas de Santiago Azica Records
2012 Grandeur Of The Baroque Telarc International Corporation
2011 Isaac Albéniz Telarc
2010 Sonidos Latinos Telarc
2009 For David Telarc
2008 Air On A G String Telarc
2007 Art Of The Guitar Telarc
2006 Renaissance Favorites For Guitar Telarc
2005 Spanish Legends Telarc
2004 Aire Latino Telarc Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra)
2003 David Russell Plays Bach Telarc
2002 Reflections Of Spain Telarc
2001 David Russell Plays Baroque Music Telarc
1999 Music Of Giuliani Telarc
1998 Message Of The Sea Telarc
1997 Rodrigo Concertos Telarc Featuring Erich Kunzel (Conductor)
1996 Music Of Federico Moreno Torroba Telarc
1995 Music Of Barrios Telarc
1994 Guitare Québec 94 Doberman-Yppan Records Featuring Leo Brouwer (Conductor)
1991 Tárrega: Integral de Guitarra Opera Tres Records
1989 Haendel, Bach, Scarlatti GHA Records
1987 19th Century Music GHA Records
1985 Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Academix Records Featuring Raphaella Smits (Guitar) & Jos Van Immerseel (Piano)
1984 Dennis Milne Guitar Concerto Phoenix Records Featuring The Chamber Music Players of London
1983 Guitarduets Poketino Records Featuring Raphaella Smits (Guitar)
1980 Plays Antonio Lauro Guitar Master Records
1979 Something Unique Overture Records
1978 Double Bass And Guitar Festival Records Featuring Dennis Milne (Double Bass)


  1. ^ "David Russell". www.guitarsint.com. Retrieved 17 November 2022.
  2. ^ "Matthias Dammann, Germany Double Top (Ex David Russell) Classical Guitar". www.guitarsint.com. Retrieved 17 November 2022.
  3. ^ "David Russell | Guitar + | D'Addario". www.daddario.com. Retrieved 17 November 2022.
  4. ^ "David Russell Concert". cleguitar.org. Retrieved 17 November 2022.
  5. ^ "David Russell Autobiography". Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  6. ^ NewsStories (15 January 2015). "CG World Mourns Passing of Hector Quine". Classical Guitar. Retrieved 17 November 2022.
  7. ^ "David Russell (Guitar, Arranger) - Short Biography". www.bach-cantatas.com. Retrieved 17 November 2022.
  8. ^ "David Russell | Allegro Guitar Society". guitarsociety.org. Retrieved 17 November 2022.
  9. ^ "2004 Grammy Award Winners". Grammy.com. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  10. ^ "David Russell | Guitar + | D'Addario". www.daddario.com. Retrieved 17 November 2022.
  11. ^ "David Russell | Allegro Guitar Society". guitarsociety.org. Retrieved 17 November 2022.
  12. ^ "David Russell | Guitar + | D'Addario". www.daddario.com. Retrieved 17 November 2022.
  13. ^ "David Russell Discography". David Russell Website. Retrieved 14 November 2022.

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