started playing while still in elementary school and recording with Jimmy
Haskell in his teens. When he
was only fifteen years old, he performed the “Cello Concerto” of
Franz Joseph Haydn with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He attended the Paris Conservatoire where
he studied with Paul Tortelier.
whom he has worked include the American Ballet, the Belair
Strings, the Bolshoi Ballet, the California
Philharmonic the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Joffrey
Ballet, the Kirov Ballet, the Swedish National Orchestra of Gothenberg, and the Topanga Symphony Orchestra.
April 1984, he gave a recital at Alice Tully Hall that comprised “Hungarian
Rhapsody, Op. 68” by David Popper, “Sonata in C, Op. 11”
by Sergei Prokofiev, “Sonata No. 2 in F, Op. 99” by Johannes
Brahms, and works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Enrique Granados, Sergei
Rachmaninoff, and Giovanni Valentini.
He and pianist
Genevieve Lee, violinist Endre Balogh and violist Steven Gordon interpreted “Piano
Quartet in G minor, Op. 25” by Brahms and “String Trio in B
flat major, Op. 53, No. 2” by Haydn at the Los Angeles County Museum
of Art on 5th September 2004.
In July 2010,
he was a featured soloist when the California Philharmonic presented “John
Williams & the Rings”.
The “Rings”, in this case, consisted of highlights from
Richard Wagner’s “Ring” cycle and Howard Shore’s
music from The Lord of the Rings. Dennis performed the solo from
Williams’ “Theme from Schindler’s
He was the
guest soloist of the Topanga Symphony Orchestra on 14th November
2010 when they celebrated the birthday of Robert Schumann with the master’s
“Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129” and “Symphony
No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97”.
September 2011, Dennis and violinist Endre Balogh and violist Steven Gordon shared the stage of
the Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Their program comprised “Duo
in G major, K. 423” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and “Serenade
for String Trio” by Ernst von Dohnanyi.
discography is too extensive to list in its entirety—he is purported
to have played on over 4000 soundtracks—but here are some
highlights: Black Rose by J.D. Souther; Bossa Nova Hotel
by Michael Sembello; The Christmas Album by Air Supply; The Christmas Album by David Foster; Come By Me, To See You
and When My Heart Finds Christmas
by Harry Connick, Jr.; Faces by Earth, Wind & Fire; Get Closer, Hasten Down
the Wind, Heart Like a Wheel,
Prisoner in Disguise and Simple Dreams by Linda Ronstadt; Heart of the Matter by Kenny Rogers;
High Mileage by Alan Jackson; Hollywood by Maynard Ferguson; The Movie Album: As Time Goes By by Neil Diamond; No
Time to Kill by Clint Black; That’s
What Friends Are For by
Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams; Trio by Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton
and Linda Ronstadt; and, Warm Your
Heart by Aaron Neville.
If you have a
seen a movie, you have probably heard Dennis’s cello at some
point: He has performed on the
soundtracks of Along Came a Spider,
Bruce Almighty, Caddyshack, Conspiracy Theory, Dark Water, Domestic Disturbance, Dreamcatcher, The
Horse Whisperer, Identity, Jack, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Jeepers Creepers 2, Joy
Ride, King Kong, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,
The Number 23, Panic Room, The Salton Sea, Scary
Movie 3, Signs, The Skeleton Key, Star Trek: Nemesis, Throw Momma from the Train, We
Don’t Live Here Anymore, The
Village, and War of the Worlds.
have heard him on the soundtracks of Dark
Void and Resident Evil 5.
Johnny Mathis & Deniece
Emotion (Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb)
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