Blair School of Music
David Bender, 19, is a freshman cellist at the Juilliard School. David began the cello at age five with Anne Hall Williams at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. David has received two Suzuki David Mazenec scholarships, one Wachs scholarship, and a full Senior Myra Jackson Blair Honors Scholarship for six years at the Blair School of Music. At the Blair School, David studied with Professor Felix Wang. David has won various competitions including the Curb Youth Symphony concerto competition, MTNA state division, and the Tennessee cello workshop competition. David was also principal cellist of the Curb Youth Symphony for six years. Since 2011, David has attended multiple summer music festivals including the Sewanee music festival, Montecito International music festival, the Brevard music festival, and Madeline Island music festival. This past summer, David was selected to be a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, and performed as principal cellist under the Baton of Valery Gergiev and Christoph Eschenbach at Carnegie Hall and throughout Europe. David has taken master classes from renowned musicians such as Anthony Elliot, Timothy Eddy, Melissa Kraut, Hans Jensen, Julie Albers, Paul York, Amy Sue Barston, David Garrett, John Kaboff, Tanya Lesinsky Carey, Avi Friedlander, Joshua Gindele, Eric Kim, and Peter Stumpf among others. David has also worked with renowned professional string quartets including the American string quartet, the Arianna string quartet, the Jupiter string quartet, and the Penderecki string quartet. David currently plays on a contemporary cello made by Peter Goodfellow, a loan generously made possible by the Virtu Foundation. At the Juilliard School, David is a student of Joel Krosnick.