heart and finesse to bring out the feeling in each burst of melody-to
make the extroverted ones surge and swell, and to make the quiet ones
seem to just float from the cello.”
A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Cellist David Bjella has a multi-faceted
career as a teacher, chamber musician, orchestral player and soloist.
He is Associate Professor of Cello and Director of the Chamber Music program
at Stetson University as well as Co-Principal of the IRIS Chamber Orchestra
under the direction of Michael Stern and a member of the Inman Piano Trio
represented by Phillip Truckenbrod.
He was one of the featured IRIS chamber musicians for the Naxos released
CD “Music of Stephen Hartke” which was chosen as a Top Ten
Classical Recording of 2003. Bjella has also served as Visiting Associate
Professor of Cello at Florida State University, Professor of Cello at
the University of Central Florida and taught in the Valade Master Teacher
program at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan.
During the summer, he is on the faculty at the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory
in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He has also performed and taught at the
Bellingham Festival in Washington State, the Quartz Mountain Festival
in Oklahoma and the Bay Area Music Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida.
As soloist, Bjella has appeared with many regional and college orchestras
in the Southeast and Midwest. In addition to his orchestral work with
the IRIS Chamber Orchestra, he has also been Principal Cellist of the
Florida Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, Southwest Florida Symphony and
the Annapolis Symphony. He has also been a member of the cello section
in Cincinnati, Tampa -Associate Principal- as well as a substitute for
the Baltimore Symphony.
David Bjella received his Bachelor of Music Degree under the tutelage
of John Ehrlich. He then studied with the late Stephen Kates at the Peabody
Conservatory of Music while earning his Master Degree and receiving the
Isreal Dorman String Award.
Bjella resides with his wife, Joni, and their two daughters in Deland,