A native of South Florida, Wells Cunningham attended the University of Miami and in 1996 became the first cellist to win the university's concerto competition. Upon graduation, Wells was invited to tour Europe as principal cellist and soloist with a nationally assembled orchestra. While in France, Wells performed the Elgar Cello Concerto.
From 1996 to 1998, Wells attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where his teachers included Marcy Rosen of the Mendelssohn String Quartet and Alan Harris. In 1998, Wells received his master's degree in cello performance and returned to Miami to play with the New World Symphony for the next two years as both principal and section cellist.
Wells' playing has recently been featured in recordings by numerous artists including Nelly Furtado, Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez.