David Starkweather is professor of cello at The University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music in Athens where he has been on the faculty since 1983. He was awarded a certificate of merit as semifinalist in the 1986 Tchaikovsky Competition.
Starkweather grew up in the San Francisco bay area. He attended the Eastman School of Music, followed by graduate studies with cellist Bernard Greenhouse at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, earning a doctorate degree in 1983.
In 1985 Starkweather spent six months in Switzerland with Pierre Fournier, receiving the French cellist's accolade, " I feel a privilege to give my personal appreciation to David Starkweather for his great sincere talent as a wonderful cellist and for his pure talent as an interpreter at the devotion of music and one of the best cellists of his generation."
Bernard Greenhouse wrote, “My student for four years, David Starkweather has given me great pleasure as a gifted cellist, a fine person, and a dignified young artist.”
A review in Atlanta praised "the sensitive phrasing and Starkweather's obvious technical facility."
Starkweather’s 3-DVD set of the Bach Six Suites, which incorporates his manuscript edition, was selected for a UGA Creative Research medal in 2009, and has since then been released as a CD set. Two CDs with pianist Evgeny Rivkin are available at iTunes and CDBaby, featuring sonatas by Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Brahms, and Britten.
Additionally, numerous video recordings are available on Starkweather’s YouTube channel including Bloch Schelomo and the Kodály solo sonata. Starkweather has performed and taught at festivals in Korea, Brazil, Peru, and the United States, including ten seasons with the Carmel Bach Festival, and has also performed in Canada and Europe.
Publications include his Bach Suites edition (available in print from Latham Music, and with manuscripts as a 297 page pdf), articles in American String Teacher and Strings magazines, and an edition of two Locatelli sonatas published by Artaria Editions, Wellington, New Zealand.
He has served his profession as Associate Director of the Hodgson School of Music 2010-2016. He was String Area chair for ten years, and served the Georgia American String Teachers Association (GaASTA), first as secretary and then as president. He wrote the application for the original UGA String Project grant from ASTA, and ran the program for the initial four years, additionally running the GaASTA Chamber Music Workshop for ten years.
The cello he has played since 1975 is a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume from c. 1840.