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” -www.Beachsloth.com.
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 www.downingcello.com and on all
major streaming platforms.
David plays on an Anton Krutz cello
Photo by: Zach Brobst
"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."