David Caplan

David C.

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Levels taught:
Intermediate, Advanced
Experienced cellist with very active playing career in orchestra, chamber music, and solo repertoire. 5 years of experience teaching young advancing cellists. Currently pursuing a Bachelor's in Cello Performance, and I keep myself very busy performing across the country, because I believe staying very active performing helps keep me fresh and interested in always finding new solutions which I can pass to my students. Lessons focus on good sound and developing nuanced and musically interesting and innovative interpretations of pieces.

About David C.

The more official biography: David Caplan currently studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with Daniel McDonough and Dmitry Kouzov. Previous teachers include Jonathan Pegis, Benjamin Whitcomb, and Adelaide Hagari. David, along with Quartet Bellezza, won the junior division gold medal at the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, first prize at the 2017 Discover Chamber Music Competition, and first prize/audience prize in the junior division of WDAV's Young Musician's Chamber Competition in Davidson, North Carolina. In 2017, David appeared as soloist and chamber musician on NPR's From the Top with host Christopher O'Riley as a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist in Longview, Texas and Reno, Nevada. David has made appearances at the Aspen Music Festival and School (2018) , and the Taos School of Music (2019). David has taken lessons and masterclasses with Paul Katz, Carter Brey, Anthony Ross, Richard Hawkins, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Hans Jensen, Darrett Adkins, Eric Kim, Richard Hirschl, Michael Mermagen, Alan Rafferty, Amir Eldan, Robert Mcdonald, Ara Gregorian, Thomas Sauer, and the Jupiter, Jasper, Shanghai, Brentano, and Borromeo String Quartets. David is an Associate Member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and has worked with conductors such as Riccardo Muti, David Afkham, Robert Spano, Osmo Vänska, Hugh Wolff, and the late Gennady Rozhdestvenky. David’s goal is to share music (particularly chamber music!) with as many people as possible that may not be acquainted with the art form, whether by performing at summer farmers markets for patrons, performing at nursing homes, or even playing his arrangements of popular songs for his peers.

The less official biography: I am currently a Junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and I spend most of my time practicing, studying, and traveling the country to perform mostly chamber music ( string quartet, piano trios, etc). I also teach children, and have experience teaching through the Suzuki books for cello, as well as other books I like to implement along the way to ensure all around growth for the student. I love teaching!


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Incredible artist. Even better teacher. Amazing value!!

Posted Mar 13, 2020

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Young Master
Jun 2019 - Aug 2019

Taos School of Music

Summer program consisting of 19 students who put together four chamber music works over the span of 8 weeks, studying with some of the best chamber musicians on Earth.

Jun 2018 - Aug 2018

Aspen School of Music

Music student at the premier orchestra festival in the United States


Bachelors in Cello Performance
Aug 2017 - Present

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign


Gold Medal
May 2017

Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition

Jack Kent Cook Young Artist Award
Mar 2017

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