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David Heiss, Principal Cello

David Heiss, Principal CelloAs principal cellist of The New York Pops for over twenty years, David Heiss enjoys a multi-faceted performance career. He is a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and a sought-after guest principal for many New York City area ensembles. In recent seasons David has participated in the critically-acclaimed performances of the Mozart/Da Ponte operas with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel) as solo continuo cellist. Earlier in his career, he won the Artists International Competition, and was presented in his Carnegie Recital Hall debut; subsequently he performed the American premieres of concertos by Irving Robbin and Theodore Antoniou, and the world premiere of the Robert Manno Cello Sonata, which was dedicated to him. 

He is a founding member of the OMNI Piano Quartet and a frequent guest artist and teacher at music festivals throughout the eastern United States. Mr. Heiss was involved in the conception and development of the Broadway production of The Elephant Man as composer and arranger of incidental music for the Tony Award-winning play, and performed on Broadway and throughout the United States as the on-stage cellist in the drama.

Extending beyond classical boundaries, he has played with such diverse groups as Hootie and the Blowfish and the Goo Goo Dolls on "The Today Show" and "Late Night with David Letterman," and has recorded hundreds of studio sessions for films, albums and commercials.

A native of Binghamton, New York, Mr. Heiss was a scholarship student of famed cellist Leonard Rose at The Juilliard School. He plays a John Betts cello, dated 1789.