David Wells

About Corky’s teacher:

David Wells, cellist and master teacher, concertized across the United States and Europe as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician with the Manhattan Trio, Columbia Concert Trio, Hartt String Quartet, and the Wells Duo. He studied with Diran Alexanian, and was the recipient of the American Artist Award and the Harold Bauer Award. Versatile in all styles, he was perhaps best known for his mastery of the Bach Cello Suites. The Amsterdam de Telegraaf hailed him as “a prophet of Bach.”

In his long career as a teacher, David taught at the Manhattan School of Music, where he chaired the chamber music department, the Hartt School and the New England Conservatory, among others. His students have taken many top honors, including the Washington International Competition First Prize, the Concert Artists Guild, Young Concert Artists and Naumburg Chamber Music Awards. They have joined major orchestras including the Boston and Chicago Symphonies, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

David also helped found several chamber music summer schools, most notably the Yellow Barn Music School and Festival, which he established in 1969 with his wife, pianist Janet Wells, at their home in Putney, Vermont. The Wellses dedicated their lives to training, nurturing and presenting many young artists who have become successful performers and educators and have won top prizes in the music world, including Naumburg Solo and Avery Fisher Awards, and the Tchaikovsky Gold Medal.

David Wells passed away in 2012.

You can click here to read more about David on the Yellow Barn website, listen to excerpts  of a Wells Duo recital performance, and receive a CD of the recital by contributing to an endowed scholarship in his name.