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Dale Henderson founded Bach in the Subways in 2010 as a solo project to sow the seeds for future generations of classical music lovers. It has since flowered into a global musicians’ movement, bringing live Bach to new audiences in 140 cities in 40 countries. Henderson lives in New York City, where he teaches and performs locally. He also performs around the country and enjoys collaborations with pianist William Chapman Nyaho and harpist Elisabeth Remy Johnson in the newly formed Parsa Duo.

Described by Yo-Yo Ma as “a very gifted musician, a natural cellist,” Dale Henderson began studying cello when he was five. He enjoyed regular performances as a chamber musician, soloist, and orchestra cellist, and made his professional solo debut at thirteen with the Buffalo Philharmonic and conductor Eiji Oue. In 1993, at the invitation of Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Dale attended the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland, and from 1996-2000 Dale earned his Bachelors of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.

From 2004-2008 Dale served as the cello faculty at the Community Music Center of Boston, a school dedicated to making quality classical music education available to all. Dale now lives in New York City where he teaches, performs, and organizes Bach in the Subways. A solo project Henderson initiated in 2010 to bring live classical music to people who would not usually hear it, Bach in the Subways has since flowered into a global musicians’ movement, bringing live Bach to new audiences in 140 cities in 40 countries. Henderson also performs around the country and enjoys collaborations with pianist William Chapman Nyaho and harpist Elisabeth Remy Johnson in the newly formed Parsa Duo.

Described by Yo-Yo Ma as “a very gifted musician, a natural cellist,” Dale Henderson began studying cello when he was five. With principal teachers Debbie Thompson, Mark Churchill, Alan Fletcher, Andrés Díaz, Colin Carr, Benjamin Zander, and Laurence Lesser, Henderson enjoyed regular performances as a chamber musician, soloist, and orchestra cellist. He also studied and performed extensively with conductor Eiji Oue, with whom Henderson made his professional solo debut at thirteen with the Buffalo Philharmonic. Some other highlights of this collaboration included solo and chamber music recitals in Boston’s Gardner Museum and performances of Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major in Tokyo. In 1992, after performing privately for Sir Yehudi Menuhin at Oue’s behest, Menuhin wrote: “I was expecting to hear beautiful cello playing from what Eiji said and I was not disappointed.” Menuhin subsequently invited Henderson to attend the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland, which he did in 1993. From 1996 to 2000 Henderson completed his Bachelors of Music at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and from 2000-2001 studied privately with Philippe Muller in Paris. Dale also participated from 2001-2002 in the Master of Music program at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dale was the 1st Prize recipient of the Harry Dubbs Memorial Award, the Framingham State College’s Christa McAuliffe Memorial Medallion for Excellence, the Leonard D. Wood Memorial Award, the New England Symphony Competition (Lasker Young Soloist Award), the Wellesley Symphony Competition, the Springfield Symphony/Musicorda Competition, the New England Philharmonic Competition, the Marlboro Symphony Competition, the Indian Hill Symphony Competition, and the Philharmonic Society of Arlington Competition.

Henderson has appeared as a soloist with the Erie Philharmonic in Pennsylvania, the Buffalo Philharmonic in New York, and an orchestra of celli at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Maine. In Massachusetts he has soloed with the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, the Indian Hill Symphony, the Marlboro Orchestra, the New England Philharmonic, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, the Newton Symphony Orchestra, the Mozartium Chamber Orchestra (with Andrés Díaz), and the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra. Dale has performed solo recitals in Boston and throughout New England, and more recently in New York City as well. He has also participated in the Greenwood, Musicorda, Kneisel Hall, Aspen, Taos, and Banff music festivals.

From 2004-2008 Dale served as the cello faculty at the Community Music Center of Boston, a school dedicated to making quality classical music education available to all. Dale now lives in New York City where he teaches, performs, and organizes Bach in the Subways. A solo project Henderson initiated in 2010 to bring live classical music to people who would not usually hear it, Bach in the Subways has since flowered into a global musicians’ movement, bringing live Bach to new audiences in 140 cities in 40 countries. Henderson also performs around the country and enjoys collaborations with pianist William Chapman Nyaho and harpist Elisabeth Remy Johnson in the newly formed Parsa Duo.

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“a very gifted musician, a natural cellist...” Yo-Yo Ma
“I was expecting to hear beautiful cello playing from what Eiji [Oue] said and I was not disappointed.” Sir Yehudi Menuhin
“played... with a particularly affecting directness, honesty and simplicity.” Richard Dyer, Boston Globe
“beautiful playing ...unblemished artistry.” Ellen Pfeifer, Boston Herald
“an outstanding musical artist ... I have seldom come across an artist with as much potential as Dale has.” Roman Totenberg
“Dale is one the most naturally gifted musicians I have known. ... as a soloist [he] truly stands apart ... I would especially mention his solo Bach.” Alan Fletcher, President and CEO of Aspen Music Festival and School
“Dale played with total commitment, a warm sound, lyrical musicality, and virtually flawless intonation ... His playing has a deep intensity that comes from his core.” Eric Edberg
“a terrific talent ... instinctively musical ... [Dale] possesses a spontaneously vivid imagination that allows him to venture wherever the moment dictates - a rare and enviable quality!” Colin Carr