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David Hardy

Biography

Born: Baltimore, MD  
David Hardy is one of the leading orchestral cellists in the United States. He began studying cello at the age of eight and graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore in 1980. He had already made his debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the age of 16 and then was a member of that orchestra; in 1979 he entered the Geneva International Cello Competition, winning a certificate.

His teachers at Peabody were
Read more Stephen Kates, Bert Senofsky, and Laurence Lesser. After graduation, he applied for the position of Associate Principal Cello of the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, D.C., and was appointed to it by Mstislav Rostropovich, the star international cellist who was then the music director of the NSO.

He entered the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow in 1982, winning the Special Prize for Best Performance of the specially commissioned test composition, the Suite for Solo Cello by Victoria Yagling. The Soviet news agency TASS commented on his performance of the Dvorák cello concerto as "beautifully spontaneous" and noted the "varied use of his colorful and powerful sound."

When Leonard Slatkin succeeded Rostropovich as music director of the NSO, he promoted Hardy to the position of Principal Cellist in the orchestra. Hardy has been credited with solo performances on some NSO recordings, including Slatkin's performance of Michael Kamen's New Moon in the Old Moon's Arms on Decca. He has also appeared on the Delos, Melodiya, RCA, and London labels.

Hardy frequently performs solo recitals in the D.C. Area. He is also a founder of the Opus 3 Trio, an ensemble in residence at the Washington Conservatory of Music, and is a member of the 20th Century Consort. He has taught at the Congress of Strings and the Levine School of Music. Read less
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  • 1.
    Past & Present - Beethoven: Complete Variations & Sonatas For Cello & Piano
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90910 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  David Hardy,  Lambert Orkis
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  • 2.
    Music Of Stephen Jaffe Vol. 3
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9255 Release Date: 05/06/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen Jaffe
    Performer:  Milagro Vargas,  David Hardy
    Conductor:  Christopher Kendall,  Grant Llewellyn,  Paul Mann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  21st Century Consort,  North Carolina Symphony Orchestra,  Odense Symphony Orchestra
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    The Beauty of Two / Kennedy Center Chamber Players
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90705 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bohuslav Martinu,  Francis Poulenc,  Paul Hindemith,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  David Hardy,  Lambert Orkis,  Toshiko Kohno,  Daniel Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kennedy Center Chamber Players
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    The Double Bass - Rossini, Oppelt, Etc / Robert Oppelt
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1221 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charlie Barnet,  Gioachino Rossini,  Gunther Schuller,  Domenico Dragonetti  ... 
    Performer:  James Lee,  Ruth Wicker Schaaf,  Robert Oppelt,  Paula Akbar  ... 
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    Kamen: The New Moon In The Old Moon's Arms / Slatkin, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467631 Release Date: 01/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Kamen
    Performer:  David Hardy,  F. Anthony Ames,  Toshiko Kohno,  Pino Palladino  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.,  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 6.
    Deak: The Passion Of Scrooge / Sharp, 20th Century Consort
    Label: Innova   Catalog: 545 Release Date: 12/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jon Deak
    Performer:  Edwin Thayer,  Loren Kitt,  Dotian Levalier,  Thomas Jones  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Kendall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  20th Century Consort
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    Corigliano: Of Rage And Remembrance, Symphony No 1 / Slatkin
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68450 Release Date: 09/17/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Corigliano
    Performer:  David Hardy,  Glenn Garlick,  Lambert Orkis,  Michelle DeYoung  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.,  Washington Choral Arts Society Men,  Washington Oratorio Society Men's Chorus
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    M. Brouwer: Skyriding, Etc;  A. Blank: Moments In Time, Etc
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2138 Release Date: 09/01/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Margaret Brouwer,  Allan Blank
    Performer:  Charles Snead,  Katherine Collier,  Ellen Ruth Rose,  David Hardy  ... 
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  • 9.
    Schotten Plays Brahms
    Label: Crystal   Catalog: 832 Release Date: 06/15/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  David Hardy,  Yizhak Schotten,  Katherine Collier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chester String Quartet
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