David Downing, a classically trained cellist, studied 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 orchestra world - and the cello. Thanks to loving and 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 styles from world, to folk, bluegrass, and hip-hop. As a recording artist, David has worked with Nas, Little Brazil, Flowers Forever, as well as 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.
His depth of classical experience ranges from regular solo appearances to orchestral and chamber performances throughout the United States. 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.
Downing, member & co-founder of the Bel Canto Duo recently performed at the National Music Museum, Gallery 1516, the Om Center, Omaha Fashion Week, Omaha Under the Radar, and the Blue Barn Theater 30th Anniversary Celebration. Other recent appearances include Hadestown (Broadway Touring Production) & Brightstar (OCP).
David’s recordings, UNPAVED ROAD and CELLO REMASTERED are available for purchase on all major platforms.
David plays on an Anton Krutz cello.
"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."
Photo by: Zach Brobst