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In love with classical music by age five, Dale Henderson excelled as a traditional performer but chafed against a culture which seemed disconnected from the artform. Finally rebelling against conventional boundaries for classical music, in 2010 he began performing “Bach in the Subways” in New York City to reconnect regular people to the music he loved. His unorthodox vision caught on, and within five years he grew his solo project into a global music movement which now connects new audiences with classical music in hundreds of cities in dozens of countries.

Dale is based in New York City and performs around the world.

In love with classical music by age five, Dale Henderson trained with top musicians including Yo-Yo Ma, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, and Leonard Bernstein protégé Eiji Oue. Making his professional solo debut at 13, Dale excelled as a traditional performer but chafed against a culture which seemed disconnected from the artform.

Finally rebelling against conventional boundaries for classical music, in 2010 Henderson broke down and reinvented where and how classical music creates meaning, performing “Bach in the Subways” in New York City to reconnect regular people to the music he loved. His unorthodox vision caught on, and within five years he grew his solo project into a global music movement which now connects new audiences with classical music 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 fell in love with classical music by age five. Training with top musicians including Yo-Yo Ma, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Leonard Bernstein protégé Eiji Oue, Benjamin Zander, Laurence Lesser, Andrés Díaz, and Colin Carr, Henderson performed regularly as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral cellist in Boston’s rich musical community.

At 13 Dale debuted professionally with the Buffalo Philharmonic, performing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations to critical acclaim. Other performance highlights include regular solo and chamber music recitals at Boston’s Gardner Museum, Haydn C Major Concerto performances in Tokyo, and numerous other concerti performances with the Erie Philharmonic, 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 Greater Boston Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra.

Dale attended the Greenwood, Musicorda, Kneisel Hall, Aspen, Taos, and Banff music festivals. He won 1st Prize in 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.

After performing privately for Sir Yehudi Menuhin in 1992, Menuhin wrote: “I was expecting to hear beautiful cello playing from what Eiji [Oue] said and I was not disappointed.” Menuhin subsequently invited Dale to attend the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland, which Dale did the following year. From 1996 to 2000 Henderson earned a Bachelor of Music at Boston’s New England Conservatory, and then pursued a Master of Music at UCLA.

Excelling as a traditional performer, Henderson’s core belief that classical music belongs to everyone often clashed with mainstream culture which seemed disconnected from the artform. Ever dwindling classical music audiences, a shrinking market, major orchestra closures, and constant budget cuts to arts organizations and education confirmed Henderson’s sense of a serious disconnect between art and audiences. First taking action in 2004, Dale joined the faculty at the Community Music Center of Boston, where he brought quality classical music education to underserved urban youth. He taught there for four years.

After moving to New York, Dale was compelled to take more radical action, rebelling against the conventional boundaries for classical music. Reinventing where and how his art creates meaning, in 2010 Henderson began his impassioned campaign of “Bach in the Subways” performances to reconnect regular people to the music he loved. His unorthodox vision caught on, and within five years he grew his solo project into a global music movement which now connects new audiences with classical music 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
“Dale is artistically above reproach... [he] plays beautifully – creates remarkable music, music that is passionate. There is a quality to his playing – you believe him. He truly leverages the transformative power of the arts.” Mark Rabideau, Director 21st Century Musician
“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 ... possesses a spontaneously vivid imagination that allows him to venture wherever the moment dictates - a rare and enviable quality!” Colin Carr