Musician Profiles

David Sabee

David Sabee, cello, began his studies at age five as a pianist, later studying with Miriam Blair and Frank Mannheimer. From the respective pedagogical lineages of Rudolf Ganz and Tobias Matthay, he gained an invaluable musical foundation and a great love for the classical and romantic piano repertoire.

David's cello studies began at age seventeen with Johan Lingeman, former solo cellist of the Concertgebouw Orkest, and continued with Paul Olefsky, a dynamic pupil of Feuerman, Piatigorsky and Casals.

After three years as principal cellist of the Austin Symphony, David moved to New York to join the cello studio of Harvey Shapiro. While in New York, he joined the American Composers Orchestra under Dennis Russell Davies, performing world premieres of works by composers ranging from Ralph Shapey and David Del Tredici to Laurie Anderson and Keith Jarrett.

A founding member of the Naumburg finalist Tafelmusik, which juxtaposed contemporary and early music, he worked with such composers as Lukas Foss, Frederic Rzewski, Charles Wuorinen, Meyer Kupferman and Elliot Carter (coaching his Sonata1953). Appointed by Lukas Foss to the Milwaukee Symphony, he performed with them in many of the major European concert halls, including the Concertgebouw and Vienna's Grosser Musikvereinsaal.

Since 2004 he has served as principal cellist of the Northwest Sinfonia.

Sabee has been called "confident and colorful" by The New Yorker, while La Nacion, in San Jose, Costa Rica, characterized his Rachmaninov Cello Sonata performance with pianist Yakov Kasman as "infused with insight and passion."
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