Russell Wilson, conductor and violist, has distinguished himself as an educator, chamber, solo, and orchestral musician. Mr. Wilson maintains a versatile career conducting the Wellesley Elementary Orchestras, playing with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Portland Symphony Orchestra, and teaching privately.
As an educator, Mr. Wilson strives for more inclusion of the arts and to make music accessible and engaging to students and audiences alike. Mr. Wilson has taught violin and viola privately in the Boston area for over a decade and in the Wellesley Public Schools’ since 2010. He began conducting the Wellesley Elementary orchestras in 2016. In 2015 he traveled to give lessons and masterclasses at the Singapore School for the Arts. His summer festival experiences include directing ensembles and giving lessons at the Four Strings Academy, LyrciaFest, and the Quartet Program. As an arts administrator he also coordinates the Wellesley Public Schools’ after-school lesson program.
As an instrumentalist, he has appeared in collaboration with the Miami String Quartet, Eugenia Zukerman, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Melvin Chen and as a member of Lyrica Chamber Music and the Casavi String Quartet in Boston’s Symphony Hall. Mr. Wilson has been a member of the Portland Symphony Orchestra since 2009; he has been a member of the Vermont Symphony since 2002, and principal viola since 2010. Festival appearances include Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, as a Young-Artist-in-Residence with the West End String Quartet, The Castleman Quartet Program, Spoleto USA, Henry Mancini Institute, LyricaFest, Domaine Forget, and Las Vegas Music Festival. For many summers he lead the second violin section of Opera North.
He completed his studies at the Longy School of Music, and The Hartt School, where Mr. Wilson was a member of their 20/20 Chamber Music Program. Mr. Wilson’s teachers include Laura Bossert, Steven Larson, and Andrzej Grabiec.
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