Faculty Chair Profile

David Cunliffe — the Lincoln Trio, cello

NMS Chamber Music Faculty


David Cunliffe started playing the cello at nine years of age in his native England. Three years later he received a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music. He went on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music followed by the International Yehudi Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland. Together with violinist Desirée Ruhstrat and pianist Marta Aznavoorian, he formed The Lincoln Trio in 2003, choosing a name that affirms their home state of Illinois as they perform throughout the world. In 2012 FANFARE magazine declared them “one of the hottest young trios in the business.”