David Russell was a member of the violin faculty and Assistant Director of String Chamber Music at The Cleveland Institute of Music for 24 years. He has been a member of the violin faculty of the Meadowmount School of Music, and a charter faculty member of ENCORE School for Strings. He also served as Visiting Violin Faculty at The Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. He is Founder and Director of "Mountaintop Mastercourse" for violin www.mountaintopviolin.com , held annually in Elizabethtown, NY. He is also Founder and Co-Director of Masterclass Andalusia in Cordoba, Spain www.masterclassandalusia-com.webs.com
He also teaches at numerous other summer festivals including Keshet Eilon International Violin Mastercourse (Israel), ARIA International Summer Music Academy,Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival,LMFL Course in Llandovery Wales,Bristol, England and Le Chambon sur Lignon, France, Credo and Blue Mountain Chamber Music Festival.
He has given violin masterclasses internationally, including North and South America, Europe,the Middle East and Asia. He has been a distinguished member of the jury of the Sion-Valais International Violin Competition in Switzerland, the Buenos Aires International Violin Competition, The Midwest Young Artist's Competition,and Sorentin Young Artist Competitions. He maintains an active recital and solo performance schedule.
Mr. Russell was Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed Violins of Hope Charlotte, a two-week series of concerts, lectures, films and gallery exhibitions surrounding 18 violins restored from the Holocaust by Israeli violin maker Amnon Weinstein.
Mr. Russell is currently the Anne R. Belk Distinguished Professor of Violin at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.