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David Downing playing cello in Old Market, Omaha, Nebraska

Image by: Zach Brobst


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David Downing smiling while holding cello.

Grammy-nominated cellist, David Downing studied classical performance

at the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Harid Conservatory of Music and the

Cleveland Institute of Music. After extensive studies, David walked away

from the classical orchestral world - and the cello. Thanks to loving,

supportive family and friends, and his passion for creating music, David

started performing again - and never looked back.

Downing's work spans a number of musical styles from world, folk,

bluegrass, and hip-hop to classical crossover. As a recording artist, David

has worked with Nas, Little Brazil, Flowers Forever, as well as the Omaha-based

Americana band, Ragged Company, recording several albums.

David's work has also been featured on NET's The Nature of Stories, and

in several other film productions.

Downing's depth of classical experience ranges from regular solo

appearances to orchestral and chamber performances. His self-titled CD

has won critical acclaim for his ability to use space and near-silence to his

advantage” and his creation of "a colorful universe”

David is a Nebraska Touring Artist & member of the Bel Canto Duo,

recently nominated for OEAA's Outstanding New Artist (2022). Recently,

David performed for the Broadway touring production, Hadestown,

Dressing the Abbey at The Durham Museum and Bright Star at OCP. His

newest commissions include Nebraska Flatwater for Gallery 1516. All

albums are available for purchase at and on all

major streaming platforms.

David plays on an Anton Krutz cello

Photo by: Zach Brobst

David Downing playing cello.


PH:+1 402-612-5583


"Your music speaks to my soul"



"You are awesome! Thank you for making our day a little bit brighter with your kindness."

~B.G. & Family


"Decades of your generous gift of music to the Omaha community"



"David Downing does it again, bringing his impeccable classical training and romantic sensibilities to fruition with this absolutely outstanding album. Downing's background in world music comes from his Venezuelan/American roots, and it shows with his incorporation of ragas, and rhythms from around the globe. 

That being said, the strongest element of Downing's playing is his gorgeous sound, sense of line and harmony that speaks to your soul...Downing continues to morph artistically, bringing a beautiful, and unique voice to the classical scene." 

-Music Mercenary

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