Robert deMaine

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Robert DeMaine
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Background information
Born (1969-12-06) 6 December 1969 (age 50)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
LabelsNaxos, Chandos, Onyx, Deutsche Grammophon, Capstone, CRI, CBC, DSO, Grotto, Delos, Leaf Music
Associated actsLos Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Ehnes Quartet, Hollywood Piano Trio, Marlboro Music School and Festival

Robert DeMaine (born December 6, 1969 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is an American virtuoso cellist. He is best known as the principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Early life[edit]

From a military and musical family of French-Canadian descent on his father’s side (from rural St. Lawrence County, New York), and Russian/French heritage on his mother’s side (from Chicago, Illinois), DeMaine began musical studies on piano and cello at age 4 with his mother and sister, then with teachers Lowell Russell, Jane Smith, Kari Caldwell, and Rose Rahal in his hometown of Oklahoma City. He made his formal orchestral début at age 12 with the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra[1] (now the Oklahoma City Philharmonic), playing Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33. At 14, deMaine was invited by Pierre Fournier to have lessons with him in Geneva; however, this opportunity did not materialize. DeMaine went on to study at various music schools and festivals throughout the world, chiefly at Yale University and the Eastman School of Music. Additional studies were undertaken at the Juilliard Pre-College Division, Meadowmount School of Music, Marlboro School and Festival, University of Southern California, Paris Conservatory, Kronberg Academy, and the Curtis Institute of Music, where his many teachers and coaches included Steven Doane, Paul Katz, André Navarra, Leonard Rose, Aldo Parisot, Luis Garcia-Renart, Boris Pergamenschikow, Lynn Harrell, Ronald Leonard, Richard Kapuscinski, Stephen Kates, Jerome Lowenthal, Claude Frank, Felix Galimir, Joseph Silverstein, and David Soyer. He also studied privately with Bernard Greenhouse, Arthur Winograd, and János Starker.


The recipient of many significant national and international honors and awards, Robert DeMaine was named the winner of the fifth Irving M. Klein International Competition for Strings in San Francisco,[2] the first cellist to win this important prize.

Current activities[edit]

In 2012, Robert DeMaine was named Principal Cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic by Music Director Gustavo Dudamel. DeMaine was Principal Cellist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 2002-2012, hired by then-Music Director, Neeme Järvi.[3] While in his early twenties studying at Yale University, deMaine served as Principal Cellist of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

Robert DeMaine has taught music privately from the age of 14. At 19, DeMaine first became an Assistant to Steven Doane, and later Paul Katz, at the Eastman School of Music. He went on to teach at the Hartford Conservatory from 1993-2002, Wayne State University Department of Music in Detroit (2002-2009), University of Michigan (2003-2004), and The Colburn School in Los Angeles (2015-present). DeMaine has also served on the faculties of the National Orchestral Institute (2004-present), Music Academy of the West (2014-17), Montecito Music Festival (2014-present), and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy (2019-present). He has presented masterclasses at many important music schools worldwide, and was featured artist-faculty at both the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles (2016), and the Lev Aronson Cello Festival in Dallas (2017).

Robert DeMaine has served as Artistic Director of Metro Detroit’s Classical Brunch from 2010-2015, and Classical American Homes (2014-present). He maintains an active solo, chamber music, and recording career around his duties at the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

As soloist with orchestra, he has collaborated with many renowned conductors, including Walter Hendl, John Williams, Gustavo Dudamel, Joseph Silverstein, Nicholas McGegan, Leonard Slatkin, Alexander Schneider, Neeme Järvi, Zubin Mehta, Mark Wigglesworth, Peter Oundjian, Andrew Constantine, Arild Remmereit, Victor Yampolsky, Jun Märkl, Grant Gershon, Tibor Józef Pusztai, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, and Scott Yoo.


DeMaine has written music for the cello which he regularly performs, including 2 concerti he composed at age 16 and 12 Études-Caprices from 1999.[4]


  1. ^ "Detroit Symphony Orchestra – Robert DeMaine". Archived from the original on October 6, 2008. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
  2. ^ "Past Klein Competition Winners". California Music Center. 1990. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "Detroit Symphony Orchestra - Violoncellos". Retrieved January 6, 2009.
  4. ^ "2005's Top 10". Retrieved January 6, 2009.[permanent dead link]

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