Cellist Seth Russell performs internationally as a chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral player. Audiences have praised his technical wizardry, adventurous programming, and inspiring musicianship. He has performed solo and chamber music recitals in venues such as Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Boston's Jordan Hall, Eastman's Kodak Hall, and Taipei’s Elite Performance Hall. He was awarded a top prize in both the 2017 and 2019 New York International Artists Competition. In 2015-16 he served as the Visiting Assistant Professor of Cello and cellist of the Ceruti Quartet at University of Memphis in Tennessee.
Seth is passionate about chamber music and creating new ways to connect with audiences. He formed the Oceanus Quartet with colleagues in Boston, which received a New England Conservatory Entrepreneurial grant for a tour of Taiwan in May-June, 2015. The quartet performed and coached students at universities, schools, and concert halls throughout Taiwan. Seth was also a founding member of Phoenix, a chamber orchestra in Boston that creates unique concert experiences through programming, venue, and audience engagement. Now in its eighth season, Phoenix has won the Improper Bostonian’s “Boston Best Classical Ensemble,” and was reviewed by the Boston Globe as “eminently worthy of your attention.” Since it’s 2013 inception, Seth has been involved with Groupmuse, an online platform for organizing classical music house concerts. In addition to performing house concerts in Massachusetts, Texas, and California, Seth has connected with audiences through regular live-stream Groupmuse performances during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dedicated to pedagogy and music education, Seth has worked with students of diverse levels and backgrounds internationally, both privately and with music organizations. His Doctorate research document, “House Concerts: Classical Music at the Heart of Community,” highlights the crucial role of house concerts in both the history of classical music as well as the modern music scene.
Seth has been a member of Greenville Symphony Orchestra and Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra in SC, and a guest principal for Discovery Ensemble in Boston, MA. 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 studied with Bion Tsang at the University of Texas at Austin where he received his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in 2019. 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.