Committed to Opera

David Heiss, Cello Associate

As a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, David Heiss has performed with the company as cello continuo soloist in the entire canon of Mozart operas, in this season’s revival of The Enchanted Island, and in the worldwide HD broadcast in 2013 of Handel’s Giulio Cesare. For the past two seasons, he has joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the same capacity for their performances of Le nozze di Figaro and Cosi fan tutte, both conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.

Mr. Heiss is principal cellist of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, and has been featured as concerto soloist and and recitalist in a wide range of repertory, including the American premieres of concertos by Irving Robbin and Theodore Antoniou (at the Tanglewood Festival) 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 is a frequent guest artist and teacher at conservatories and music festivals.

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. His television credits include The Today Show and Late Night with David Letterman, and his career has been profiled twice (2010 and 2013) on Expressions, a series produced by the PBS station in his hometown of Binghamton, NY. He has also been featured several times on American Public Radio’s series Performance Today. Mr. Heiss studied with famed cellist Leonard Rose at The Juilliard School. He plays a John Betts cello, dated 1789.