Arts & Culture

Grammy Winning Classical Guitarist David Russell to Perform

Watch David Russell perform Johann Sebastian Bach's Cantata No. 147.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 24, 2017) Grammy award-winner David Russell will return to the University of Kentucky campus to perform classical guitar selections. The concert will begin 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, at the Singletary Center for the Arts.

Classical guitarist David Russell is world renowned for his superb musicianship and inspired artistry, having earned the highest praise from audiences and critics alike. During his studies at the Royal Academy, Russell 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. In 2005, Russell won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist in Classical Music for his album "Aire Latino."

Russell spends his time touring the world, appearing regularly at prestigious music halls in such cities as New York, London, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Madrid, Toronto and Rome. Described as a musical genius with a captivating stage presence, Russell's love of his craft resonates through 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."

Tickets to the David Russell concert are $20 for general admission and $10 for UK students with a valid ID. All tickets are subject to additional processing fees. Tickets are available through the Singletary Center ticket office online at, by phone at 859-257-4929, or in person at the venue.

The David Russell concert is being presented by the UK School of Music. The School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, music therapy, composition, and theory and music history.

photo of David Russell with guitar
David Russell. Photo courtesy of Bucklesweet Media.