Theodore Harvey

Associate Principal Cello

Holly & Tom Mayer Chair

Theodore Harvey, cellist with the Dallas Symphony since September 2008, has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra member throughout North America, South America and Europe. He has been a soloist with the New World Symphony, the (Bloomington, Ind.) Camerata Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. As Assistant Principal Cellist of the Charlotte Symphony from 2004 to 2008 he frequently performed major orchestral solos and was also active as a chamber musician and as an organist in local churches. In February 2006 Mr. Harvey, with pianist Paul Nitsch, gave the world premiere of his own Sonata in D Minor for Cello and Piano, which was subsequently featured on the Charlotte area’s classical radio station WDAV. He performed the Walton concerto with the New World Youth Symphony Orchestra (of which he had been a member from 1987 to 1996) in Indianapolis in November 2012. In June 2022, with his brother, violinist William Harvey, he performed the Brahms Double in two concerts with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico, conducted by José Luís Castillo.

Mr. Harvey holds a bachelor’s degree from the Indiana University School of Music, from which he graduated with highest distinction in 2000, having studied with Janos Starker and Helga Winold. Following his senior recital, he received the Indiana University Performer’s Certificate. He completed graduate studies with Joel Krosnick at The Juilliard School in 2002. From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Harvey was a Fellow of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida.

Summer festivals in which Mr. Harvey has participated include Aspen, Sarasota, Schleswig-Holstein, Spoleto USA, Tanglewood, Verbier, Music in the Mountains, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute (Toronto), International Baroque Institute at Longy and Britt. In May/June 2013 he toured Brazil with the Baroque ensemble Fantasmi, performing in São Paulo and Belém.

In August 2013 he taught cello for a week at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, where his brother William taught violin from 2010 to 2014, and performed a concert there of both Afghan and European music.

In Dallas, Mr. Harvey sang for nine years in the choir of the Church of the Incarnation and twice toured England with the choir, singing at Lichfield and Canterbury cathedrals, Westminster Abbey and St George’s Chapel (Windsor Castle). An avid student of the history of Europe and its royal families, in his spare time he maintains the website In October 2017, Mr. Harvey was invested as an Honorary Knight of the Royal House of Portugal by HRH the Duke of Braganza.