David Premo, Associate Principal Cellist, joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1992. Since 1994, Mr. Premo has also held the position of Artist/Lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University. Mr. Premo came to Pittsburgh from Washington, D.C. where he was a member of the U.S. Army Chamber Orchestra from 1973-1980 and Assistant Principal Cellist of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra from 1980 until 1991.
During his tenure in Washington, Mr. Premo performed chamber music at the Phillips Collection, the Corcoran Gallery and the Library of Congress, and served on numerous occasions as principal cellist with the American Chamber Orchestra, the National Gallery Orchestra, and the Wolf Trap Festival Orchestra among others. Additionally, he was invited to perform as a member of the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and on various United States and European tours.
Since coming to Pittsburgh, Mr. Premo has become a frequently requested chamber musician and soloist, appearing on Shadyside and Rodef Shalom concert series and, in 1993, performing the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Edgewood Symphony. In 1995 Mr. Premo and Mr. Wu (violinist with the PSO and winner of the 1994 Passamaneck Award) won the Pittsburgh Concert Society Competition. In 1996 Mr. Premo won the prestigious Passamaneck Award entitling him to a solo recital which he gave in Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Music Hall in April of 1997.
Mr. Premo studied cello in his native Chicago with Margaret Evans of the Catholic University, and most recently with Janos Starker at Indiana University. Pr. Premo’s cello, made in approximately 1860, is by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume.