Aiden Russell     ~    Cellist

Biography

Aiden Russell is a rising Canadian cellist hailing from Ottawa, Ontario who has had experience as a chamber, orchestral, and solo musician. He has recently entered the teaching profession as well and is eager to give back to the community that has given him so much. Aiden began the cello with Joan Harrison at ten years of age, and he has since played in concert halls all across Canada as well as select concert halls in the United States and Europe. After completing a bachelors degree in cello performance with Matt Haimovitz at Schulich School of Music of McGill University in 2018, Aiden is now pursuing a masters degree in cello performance at the Peabody Institute of Music of Johns Hopkins University with Professor Alan Stepansky. 

Aiden's largest amount of experience lies in his orchestral training, playing in large ensembles since he first started learning the cello. He has had the privilege of playing under some of the finest conductors in the world. These include Antony Walker, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Zhang Lee, Jonathan Darlington, Perry So, and world famous conductor Marin Alsop. Included in the rich background of orchestral training are ensembles such as the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, the McGill Symphony Orchestra, the China Broadcasting Orchestra, and the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. Mastering the orchestral repertoire is his top focus, and he is entering the professional scene with commitment and dedication.

Chamber music is a favourite discipline of Aiden's. Learning from professional chamber musicians and coaches such as the Formosa Quartet, Michael Kannen, Maria Lambros, the Gryphon Piano Trio, and André Roy among others has lead to tremendous performances of chamber music works by Bach, Schubert, Brahms, Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Debussy and Shostakovich. The string quartet that he was part of in the summer 2016 was one of few groups from the National Youth Orchestra of Canada selected to perform in Lisbon, Portugal as part of the Lisbon Music Festival. Other summer music festivals include the Orford International Music Festival, l'Orchestre de la Francophonie, the International Cello Institute, and the Southeastern Young Artists Music Festival. Aiden has played in master classes for Brian Manker, Brannon Cho, Tony Ross, and Johannes Moser, among others.

Aiden is offering private lessons for cello, piano, and music theory. The knowledge passed on to him has given him a unique teaching style and curriculum focusing on crafting and promoting a student's individual musical voice while emphasizing the physical nature of playing the cello. Piano lessons are available for beginner to intermediate level pianists. Aiden had studied the piano privately as a young musician. He has completed RCM examinations through grade 8 and keeps his skills sharp in his spare time. Music theory is an area of keen interest for him. Aiden has completed many RCM exams as well as a minor in Music Theory from McGill university. This has provided him with the knowledge to teach students of any level.

Aiden Russell gave his solo debut in 2014 with the Ottawa Yourh Orchestra, and is currently playing a cello made by Ernst Heinrich Roth in 1938 generously on loan to him from the Carlsen Cello Foundation.