Grammy Award Winning Classical Guitarist David Russell Coming to Kahilu March 28


U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks is proud to present Grammy Award-winner David Russell, in concert at the Kahilu Theatre on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at 7 p.m. This important and historically significant performance is part of the acclaimed Hawaii International Guitar Series 2020 inaugural Season, and will be followed by a master class, which will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 29, at a private residence in Hawi. All ticket info below.

The sterling reputation of David Russell has been continually confirmed by repeated appearances in virtually every major concert venue across the globe including those of London, Tokyo, Madrid, Toronto, Rome, New York, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Portland and many more and now he will be making is Hawaii debut. Concertgoers 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 suggests an innate understanding of what each individual composer was working to achieve, bringing to each piece a sense of adventure.

In 2018, Mr. Russell was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Guitar Foundation of America, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Music by the University of Arizona in Tucson in 2014, and in 2004 he won a Grammy Award for his CD called Aire Latino in the category of best instrumental soloist in classical music. In May 2005 he received a homage from the music conservatory of Vigo, Spain culminating with the opening of the new Auditorium, to which they gave the name “Auditorio David Russell”.In 2009, David was named an honorary member of “Amigos de la Guitarra”, the oldest guitar society in Spain.

Mr. Russell is a prolific recording artist, and his discography includes seventeen CDs with Telarc International. 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.” Upon hearing play in London, Andrés Segovia wrote: “My congratulations on your musicality and guitaristic technique.”

During his studies at the Royal Academy, David 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.

If you go… Have a good show!

Event: Guitarist David Russell in concert
When: Saturday, March 28, 2020, at 7 p.m.
Where: Kahilu Theatre (Waimea)
Cost: $38/$68
Info: Tickets can be purchased at, (808) 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Waimea.

David Russell Master Class Tickets
The Simpson estate (site of the March 29 master class at 11 a.m.) is located at a private residence in Hawi. The registration fee for the class is $30. More information can be found at or by calling 971-715-8097.


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