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Dale Henderson began cello at five and thrived in Boston’s rich musical community. In 2010 he founded Bach in the Subways in New York. Initially a solo project intended to bring classical music to new audiences, Bach in the Subways flowered into a global music movement which now brings live Bach to the public in hundreds of cities in dozens of countries. Dale is based in New York City and performs around the world.

Described by Yo-Yo Ma as “a very gifted musician, a natural cellist,” Dale Henderson began cello at five and thrived as a chamber musician, orchestra cellist, and soloist in Boston’s rich musical community. He made his professional solo debut at thirteen with the Buffalo Philharmonic and conductor Eiji Oue. In 1993 Sir Yehudi Menuhin invited Dale to attend the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland, and from 1996 to 2000 Henderson earned a Bachelor of Music at Boston’s New England Conservatory. He also studied in Paris and pursued a Master of Music at UCLA.

From 2004 to 2008 Dale served as the cello faculty at Community Music Center of Boston, and in 2010 founded Bach in the Subways in New York. Initially a solo project intended to bring classical music to new audiences, Bach in the Subways flowered into a global music movement which now brings live Bach to the public in hundreds of cities in dozens of countries. Dale is based in New York City and performs around the world.

Described by Yo-Yo Ma as “a very gifted musician, a natural cellist,” Dale Henderson began cello at 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, orchestra cellist, and soloist in Boston’s rich musical community. He also studied and performed extensively with conductor Eiji Oue, with whom Henderson made his professional solo debut at thirteen with the Buffalo Philharmonic. Other highlights of their work included solo and chamber music recitals at Boston’s Gardner Museum and concerti performances in Tokyo. At Oue’s recommendation Dale performed for Sir Yehudi Menuhin in 1992. Menuhin wrote: “I was expecting to hear beautiful cello playing from what Eiji said and I was not disappointed.” In 1993 Henderson accepted Menuhin’s invitation to attend the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland. From 1996 to 2000 Henderson earned a Bachelor of Music at Boston’s New England Conservatory, and from 2000 to 2001 studied with Philippe Muller in Paris. Dale also pursued a Master of Music at the University of California, Los Angeles.

In addition to the Buffalo Philharmonic in New York, Henderson has soloed with the Erie Philharmonic in Pennsylvania, and in Massachusetts with the Marlboro Orchestra, New England Philharmonic, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, Indian Hill Symphony, Newton Symphony Orchestra, Mozartium Chamber Orchestra, New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra.

Dale was 1st Prize recipient of the Harry Dubbs Memorial Award, Framingham State College’s Christa McAuliffe Memorial Medallion for Excellence, Leonard D. Wood Memorial Award, New England Symphony Competition (Lasker Young Soloist Award), Wellesley Symphony Competition, Springfield Symphony/Musicorda Competition, New England Philharmonic Competition, Marlboro Symphony Competition, Indian Hill Symphony Competition, and the Philharmonic Society of Arlington Competition. He also participated in the Greenwood, Musicorda, Kneisel Hall, Aspen, Taos, and Banff music festivals.

From 2004 to 2008 Dale served as the cello faculty at Community Music Center of Boston, and in 2010 founded Bach in the Subways in New York. Initially a solo project intended to bring classical music to new audiences, Bach in the Subways flowered into a global music movement which now brings live Bach to the public in hundreds of cities in dozens of countries. Dale is based in New York City and performs around the world.

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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