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Aiden Russell is a cellist originally from Ottawa, Ontario and currently resides in Halifax as a member of Symphony Nova Scotia. Recognized for his playing, Aiden has appeared across Canada and the United States as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. He has appeared at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, National Academy Orchestra of Canada, International Cello Institute, and the inaugural year of the National Arts Centre Orchestra mentorship program.
Aiden has won second prize at the National Arts Centre Bursary Competition, awards from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and he has collaborated with many of the world's finest musicians including Marin Alsop, Brian Manker, Rachel Mercer, Joseph Johnson, Astrid Schween, Johannes Moser, Steven Doane, Peter Wiley, Brannon Cho, and Alexander Shelley.
Having earned a reputation as a dedicated and respected teacher from his current students, Aiden leads a private studio teaching both piano and cello lessons to all ages. He has also been invited to give virtual lessons to the students of the El Sistema program part of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra.
Aiden earned his bachelors degree from the Schulich School of Music under the direction of Matt Haimovitz, and a masters degree and diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Music under the direction of Alan Stepansky. He is currently playing a cello made by the French luthier Paul Kaul from the year 1908, and a bow made by Bernard Walke.