Cellist David Speltz began his formal studies with Eleanore Schoenfeld after being introduced to the cello by his father. Later, he was invited to join the Piatigorsky Master Class at USC. During this period, he earned a Master’s degree in Mathematics from UCLA, but soon realized that music, and the cello, was the path he should follow.
In 1973, Speltz helped form the Arriaga String Quartet, which went on to win first prize in the prestigious Coleman Competition in Pasadena. As a member of the ensemble Musical Offering, he has performed at the Library of Congress, Lincoln Center, Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, and has recorded on the Nonesuch label. In Los Angeles, Speltz has played in many of the chamber music series there, including the Pacific Serenades, Chamber Music in Historic Sites and Bing series. During the summer months, he participates in music festivals in Santa Fe, the Grand Canyon, and the Oregon Bach Festival. Speltz was a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra during the Sir Neville Marriner tenure and was principal cellist of the California Chamber Symphony for eight seasons. In 1989, Speltz was invited by Helmuth Rilling to serve as principal cellist of the Bachakademie in Stuttgart, Germany. He is also very active in the Los Angeles recording field, performing on such films as Schindler’s List and Jurassic Park.