Michael Russell is a violinist, violist, and conductor. He holds Undergraduate degrees from Indiana State University in Violin Performance, BM, and Music Theory, BA. His Master’s and Doctoral (ABD) degrees in Violin Performance are from the University of Arizona. Mr. Russell has performed solo recital, concerto, chamber music, and symphony orchestra programs in the Midwest, Pacific Northwest, and the Southwest United States, Northern Mexico, and Peru, South America.
Andor Toth, Sr., Dr. John Ferrell, and Dr. Robert Billups were Mr. Russell’s principal violin and viola professors, and he has performed in the master classes of I-Kwan Bae, Bernard Goldschmidt, Ani Kavafian, Benny Kim, Daniel Majeski, Kevork Mardirossian, and Mark Rush.
Mr. Russell studied conducting Dr. Leonard Pearlman and Andor Toth, Sr.
He has performed in orchestras under the direction of Peter Bay, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Andreas Delfs, Joanne Falletta, Raymond Harvey, Louis Lane, Fabio Mechetti, Bill McGlaughlin, Heichiero Ohyama, Dr. Leonard Pearlman, Gerard Schwartz, Leonard Slatkin, Joseph Swenson, Yuri Temerkanov, Andor Toth, Sr., and Edo de Waart. His chamber music coaches and collaborators include Dr. Robert Billups, Dr. Gordon Epperson, Dr. John Ferrell, Lynn Harrell, Peter Marsh, Peter Salaff, Dr. Jeffrey Showell, and Andor Toth, Sr.
From 1996 to 2003, Mr. Russell was an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. He was the Violin and Viola professor, conducted the University Symphony Orchestra, and was the String and Piano Chamber Music Program Coordinator. He also served as the violinist of the Kennard Trio, the University’s Resident Piano Trio.
Since 2003, Mr. Russell has performed as soloist, Concertmaster, section player, or guest conductor, with various ensembles and musical productions on the Big Island, Oahu, and Maui.
He is a member of the Peter Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon, and he maintains a studio of private string students, of all ages, in Hilo, Hawaii.