Cellist Seth Russell performs internationally as a chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral player. He was awarded a top prize in both the 2017 and 2019 New York International Artists Competition, and performed in Carnegie Hall for the Winners Concert on September 24, 2017 and again on October 20, 2019. In 2015-16 he served as the Visiting Assistant Professor of Cello and cellist of the Ceruti Quartet at University of Memphis in Tennessee. He received a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Cello Performance at the University of Texas at Austin in November 2019.
Seth is passionate about chamber music and creating new ways to connect with audiences. He helped form the Oceanus Quartet, which received a New England Conservatory Entrepreneurial grant for an educational/performance tour of Taiwan in May-June, 2015. Seth was a founding member of Phoenix, a chamber orchestra in Boston that creates unique concert experiences through programming, venue, and audience engagement. In Boston and in Austin he was involved with Groupmuse, an online platform for organizing classical music house concerts. Seth has been a member of Greenville Symphony Orchestra and Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra in SC, and Discovery Ensemble in Boston, MA. He is a substitute cellist for the Austin Symphony Orchestra and Houston Symphony Orchestra. He has been invited to numerous summer music festivals, including Interlochen Summer Arts Camp as a String Quartet Fellow, Taos School of Music, Sarasota Summer Music Festival, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, and Talis Festival and Academy in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.
Seth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with David Ying. He received a Master’s degree in Cello Performance from New England Conservatory where he studied with Paul Katz. He recently studied with Bion Tsang at the University of Texas at Austin for his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree. Seth has also studied with Lluis Claret, Gary Hoffman, Ralph Kirshbaum, and Pieter Wispelwey, and worked with the Ying, Borromeo, Brentano, Shanghai, and Miro Quartets. Seth and his wife Chelsea are natives of Greenville, SC. Chelsea is an oboist in the Air Force Band of the Golden West, and she and Seth currently live in Vacaville, CA.