David Cunliffe

Cello Faculty
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
Chamber Music
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Royal College of Music, London, UK (Junior Department), Wells Cathedral School, Somerset, UK (Specialist Music Education), Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK, International Yehudi Menuhin Music Academy, Switzerland.

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Several of Mr. Cunliffe's teachers that had a significant impact on his life were: Margaret Moncreiff, Moray Welsh, William Pleeth, Antonio Lysy, Christopher Bunting, Ralph Kirshbaum, Radu Aldulescu, and Yehudi Menuhin.

Awards and achievements: 

Grammy Nomination for Lincoln Trio's "Annelies" CD (Naxos), First Prize winner 2008 Master Players International Competition, Venice, Italy. 2011 Young Performers Career Advancement Award, recipient of the Terrance Weill and Leonard Hirsch Quartet Prizes and the Lady Barbirolli Chamber Music Award. Performed with BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish and Royal Scottish Orchestras.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Cellist in the Grammy Nominated Lincoln Trio and the recently formed Black Oak Ensemble. Mr. Cunliffe has given master classes across the USA, Europe, and recently in Colombia. Multiple CD releases on Chicago's Cedille label include "Notable Women" and "Turina: Chamber Music for Strings & Piano". Mr. Cunliffe is a member of Chamber Music America and has served on the Advisory Board of 'Music In The Loft', the 'Chinese Fine Arts Society' and the 'Sejong Society'. He currently serves on the board of the Society of American Musicians as Vice President.


Lincoln Trio



Black Oak Ensemble



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