Richard Russell, an ASCAP Plus winner, has had his music performed internationally and at prominent venues in New York. Highlights include a September 11, 2002 memorial performance of Remembrances at Merkin Concert Hall, and a performance of Design for Lightning by trombonist Haim Avitsur in Israel. As well, his music has been performed in Bulgaria and Japan. In New York, some venues have included Symphony Space Thalia, CAMI Hall, the Ethical Culture Society, and Mannes College of Music.
He began writing songs at an early age, beginning formal piano and composition study at 13. He earned his BA in Music Composition from Blackburn College (Illinois), graduating magna cum laude. He is currently pursuing his Masters at SUNY Empire State.
Richard Russell has been active in the New York Composers Circle for several years, having served on its Steering Committee and acting as Managing Director. Currently, he acts as the NYCC webmaster and In The Loop newsletter editor.
Richard Russell’s music is published by Design for Lightning Music (ASCAP).