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Dr. David Low

Kayser Distinguished Professor of Music
Artist Instructor of Cello / Area Coordinator of Strings
Strauss PAC 228
phone: (402) 554-3660

David Low, as a soloist, has captured the acclaim of critics and audiences wherever he has played, whether it is in repeat performances at Weiss Recital Hall (Carnegie Recital Hall), in China with the Beijing Film Philharmonic Orchestra where the final concert with the orchestra was broadcast nationally across China, or in concerts in Lithuania and Germany. Legendary violinist Josef Gingold said: “He has the technique of a virtuoso plus a beautiful tone, as well as being a splendid musician.” The New York Times, on his New York debut stated, “a late-Romantic personality, sincerely passionate, evocatively intense, acute and energetic. The tone was rich, the phrasing intelligent, and he communicated his ideas with conviction.”

A student of Lynn Harrell and Lev Aronson, Dr. Low, Kayser Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Stanford University, and Northwestern University. Low plays a Wiebe cello which was made for him in l985.

He has recorded two solo albums, The Late Romantic Cello and Alinchino 2, as well as solo works on the American Gramaphone, New Harmony Records, SDG and American Visions labels. A cello concerto and cello sonata written for him by Jon Polifrone were nominated for Pulitzer Prizes.

Low is a recipient of over two dozen grants to commission works for the cello from the Giger Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Nebraska Arts Council, and the University of Nebraska Foundation. Walton Publishing Co., Mark Kelley Publishing Co., New Harmony Music Publishers and SDG Publishers have published many of these cello concerti and solo recital works. Low’s performances have been taped and/or recorded for the China Broadcsting Network, Missouri Public Broadcasting, Arkansas Public Broadcasting, Nebraska Public Television, KYNE Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Lithuanian Broadcasting Network, and the Iowa Public Broadcasting Network. He has also received a National Endowment of the Humanities Grant to study nineteenth-century cello virtuoso literature at Yale University for four months.

David Low has been a member of the Nebraska Arts Council Touring Program since its inception in the middle l970’s and also has been on the Mid-America Arts Alliance Touring Artist program (now called Community Connections covering a 16 state region)) for the last 25 years. He was the first cellist chosen for the program.

Low was the American String Teachers Association Teacher of the Year in 1997 and was the recipient of the University Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004 from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.