Cellist David Schepps has been a soloist and chamber musician for National Public Radio’s (NPR)”Performance Today” show, Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium (NY), the Phillips Collection Series (Washington DC), concerts in Taiwan, Switzerland, Germany, England, Italy, Canada, Mexico, and radio stations throughout the US. He has won competitions and was soloist with regional, university, community and youth orchestras in the US, Mexico and Canada. As a member of the prestigious Grand Teton Music Festival (Jackson, Wyoming) since 1992, Schepps has been collaborating with major orchestra musicians in orchestra and chamber concerts, which are frequently broadcast on NPR. As a duo partner, Schepps has performed with cellists Matt Haimovitz and Wendy Warner, bassist Gary Karr, and in chamber music with cellists Lynn Harrell, Laszlo Varga, Yehuda Hanani, Timothy Eddy and Joanna DeKeyser. Schepps is featured on CD’s including a jazz influenced work by David Baker (renowned Indiana University jazz professor) for solo cello with percussion ensemble, concerts from the Grand Teton Festival and the Kansas summer festival “Chamber Music at the Barn.” He gave a concert/master class tour of Taiwan, replacing cello professor Alan Harris of the Eastman School of Music, and was a master class teacher at the Seventh American Cello Congress at Arizona State University. As a member of the internationally acclaimed American Sinfonietta Chamber Orchestra, Schepps played in their Bellingham, Washington summer festival and was Assistant Principal for their European tour.
Since joining the University of New Mexico faculty in 1999, Schepps has become prominent in the region’s rich musical life. He has played in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, as concerto soloist with the Santa Fe Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, and UNM Symphony, recitalist and chamber musician with prominent southwest musicians in concert series throughout the state and at UNM, and is a member of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.
From 1988-99, Schepps was cello professor and faculty quartet cellist (Fairmount Quartet) at the nationally recognized School of Music at Wichita State University, and Principal of the Wichita Symphony. Before that he was faculty member and faculty piano trio cellist at the University of Louisiana – Lafayette, and Acting Principal of the Baton Rouge Symphony. He has been Principal of the Arizona Opera Wagner Ring Cycles and Flagstaff Festival of the Arts (Arizona), Assistant Principal of the Phoenix Symphony, Acting Principal of Orquesta Sinfonica de Veracruz (Mexico), and played with L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande of Geneva, Switzerland, and the Kansas City Symphony.
Schepps holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Mannes College of Music in New York, and a D.M.A. from Arizona State University. After an ITT Fellowship and an Arizona State University (ASU) Graduate Research Grant for extensive study with legendary cellist Pierre Fournier in Geneva, Schepps wrote his doctoral thesis on Fournier’s interpretations of Beethoven Sonatas (DMA, ASU, 1988). His cello teachers also include Claus Adam (Juilliard Quartet/Mannes College), Timothy Eddy (Orion Quartet), Takayori Atsumi (ASU), Thomas Liberti (NY Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra) and Harvey Shapiro (Juilliard School), and he played in master classes for Starker, Harrell, Nelsova and Parisot. Other studies were at the Mannes and Manhattan Schools of Music in New York, the Banff Centre (Alberta, Canada), the Bach Aria Festival (Stony Brook, NY), and with the Tokyo Quartet at the Yale Summer School of Music in Norfolk, Connecticut.
Dr. Schepps has been a university professor since 1985, and his student cellists and ensembles have won professional positions, competitions, and scholarships throughout the world. He has sponsored and organized many cello festivals; hosting international soloists and involving hundreds of cellists of all ages and levels. Started recently with the help of cellists throughout NM, Schepps directs ¡CelloNewMexico!, a cello club devoted to educational and performance events. Guests have included Matt Haimovitz (international soloist, McGill Univ.), Peter Wiley (Guarneri Quartet, Curtis Institute), Jesus Morales (Utah Symphony), Kangho Lee (Univ. of CT), Greg Sauer (Univ. of OK), and Evan Drachman (Piatigorsky Foundation).