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Grammy Winning Guitarist David Russell Returns to UK

Published: Feb 19, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 19, 2013) — Grammy award-winning guitarist David Russell visits the Bluegrass for a second year in a row to perform in the University of Kentucky International Guitar Series. The concert featuring Russell will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall.

 

Russell’s playing has been hailed as "magnificent" by the American Record Guide. The classical guitarist 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 and was given the Medal of Honor of the Conservatory of the Balearics in 2003. Russell won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist in Classical Music for his CD "Aire Latino." During his studies at the Royal Academy, the guitarist 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.

 

Russell spends his time touring the world, appearing regularly at prestigious halls in New York, London, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Madrid, Toronto and Rome. In 2009, he was named honorary member of Amigos de la Guitarra, the oldest guitar society in Spain.

 

To see previous performances by Russell, visit the artist's YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/davidrussellguitar.

 

The UK International Guitar Series 2012-13 is being presented by the UK School of Music in the UK College of Fine Arts, which has garnered national recognition for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, theory and music history.

 

Tickets for the David Russell concert are $25 for general admission, $15 for students, seniors and UK alumni and $10 for children. To purchase tickets, contact the Singletary Center ticket office by calling (859) 257-4929, visiting here online, or in person at the venue.

 

For more information on the UK International Guitar Series, contact Dieter Hennings at guitarprogram@uky.edu.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, (859) 257-8716 or whitney.hale@uky.edu

 

 

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