Robert deMaine is an American virtuoso cellist who has been hailed by The New York Times as "an artist who makes one hang on every note." He has distinguished himself as one of the finest and most versatile instrumentalists of his generation, performing to critical acclaim as soloist, recitalist, orchestral principal, recording artist, and chamber musician. In 2012 he was invited to join the Los Angeles Philharmonic as principal cello. Robert joined the faculty of The Colburn School in January, 2017.
A first-prizewinner in many national and international competitions, Mr. deMaine was the first cellist ever to win the grand prize at San Francisco’s Irving M. Klein International Competition for Strings. As a soloist, he has collaborated with many distinguished conductors, including Neeme Järvi, Peter Oundjian, Joseph Silverstein, and Leonard Slatkin, and has performed nearly all the major cello concertos with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, where he served as principal cello for over a decade. Mr. deMaine has also served as a guest principal in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Norway).
Mr. deMaine’s principal teachers include Leonard Rose, Steven Doane, Paul Katz, Aldo Parisot, Luis Garcia-Renart, and Felix Galimir, and his frequent chamber music collaborators include James Ehnes, Hilary Hahn, Ani and Ida Kavafian, and pianists Emanuel Ax, Orion Weiss, and Yefim Bronfman. He has made regular appearances at the international music festivals of Marlboro, Aspen, Heidelberg, San Miguel de Allende, Montréal, and Seattle, and was the founding member and cellist (from 2010-16) of the highly acclaimed Ehnes String Quartet and often performs in a piano trio with violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist Natalie Zhu.
As a composer, Mr. deMaine has written several works for the cello, including a set of Twelve Études-Caprices. Among the works specially composed for him are Summer Verses for Violin and Cello by Christopher Theofanidis. Other composers whose works have either been dedicated to or premiered by deMaine include Kenneth Fuchs, Jeffrey Mumford, and Joel Eric Suben.
Mr. deMaine has recorded for the Chandos, Naxos, and Onyx labels, and has three new releases coming out in the 2013-14 season: the Haydn Cello Concertos with the Moravian Philharmonic (Cambria), a recital disc with pianist Andrew Armstrong (Cambria), and the John Williams Cello Concerto with Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony (Naxos).
He studied at The Juilliard School, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Southern California, Yale University, and the Kronberg Academy in Germany.