David Socolofsky, Cello
David began playing the cello in grade school, following in the footsteps of his mother, a prominent viola/violin teacher in New Jersey. Studying with Elsa Hilger, the renowned Assistant Principal Cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, he played in six different orchestras at the same time while in high school, including playing as Principal Cellist of the New Jersey All-State High School Orchestra. David also gained a wealth of orchestral experience playing with the American Symphony Orchestra League conducting workshop orchestras during the summers. He enjoyed attending Philadelphia Orchestra concerts with his family and says “the opportunity to hear an orchestra of that caliber and to get to know and interact with some of the musicians contributed a great deal to my musical education.”
Aside from his symphony career, David is broker and owner of Socolofsky & Company/GMAC Real Estate, a Residential Real Estate firm specializing in Eastside Real Estate. His interest and accomplishments in this field also led him to be elected President of the Portland Board of REALTORS in 1986 and selected as Portland’s REALTOR of the Year in 1990.
David went to Oberlin College to earn his bachelor’s degree in economics and to pursue his musical studies as well. He then earned his master’s degree in economics at Washington State University. In 1969, David auditioned for, and won, a position on the first stand of the Oregon Symphony.
A few musical highlights for David have been playing under Igor Stravinsky and Aaron Copland. He enjoys traveling and has recently been to Iceland and Norway and, on the other side of the world, to Bali, Singapore, Hong Kong and New Zealand.
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