Russell Wilson, piano
...[Russell Wilson]Russell Wilson is an Adjunct Professor of Keyboard at Virginia Commonwealth University.A native of Memphis, Tennessee, he is an outstanding classical and jazz pianist who received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Memphis State University.Formerly a member of Virginia Union University's faculty, he now teaches at VCU and at the University of Richmond.Wilson
performs regularly with the Russell Wilson Quartet and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.Wilson
enjoys a distinguished career as a solo and chamber music performer.He is the principal pianist of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and the Richmond Sinfonia, where he has performed as a soloist and accompanied such world-class artists as Mel Tormé, Dick Hyman, Cab Calloway, Chet Atkins, Steve Allen, and Carol Lawrence.
Wilson's performances over the years have been numerous and varied: as pianist with the Joe Kennedy Quartet at the National Association of Jazz Educators Conference
in Atlanta; with the Louisville Symphony Orchestra as accompanist for flutist Leslie Burrs; and at the Smithsonian Institution
as pianist with Trio Pro Viva, a chamber ensemble devoted to the performance of music by black composers.As a soloist, he
has performed Beethoven's
Piano Concert No. 1 in C major with the Petersburg Symphony Orchestra; Duke Ellington's New World a'Comin' with the New River Valley and the Richmond Symphony orchestras, and Mozart's
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major.Wilson
was also selected to perform in master classes conducted by Earl Wild and Leon Fleisher.In addition to his performances, Wilson has conducted improvisational workshops with violinist Joe Kennedy, Jr., for the Richmond Music Teachers Association, Richmond Jazz Society, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Virginia State University.He
has also presented benefit concerts for American Field Services and Richmond Area Retarded Citizens.As a recording artist, he is featured as soloist on Moonlight Piano and The Memphis Convention.During the summer of 1995 he became pianist for the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra conducted by David Baker and Gunther Schuller and began touring with the SJMO in January, 1996, in celebration of the Smithsonian's 150th year.
The group has since traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Spain, Italy, France, London, Istanbul, Helsinki, and The Hague, performing The Cotton Club Revue, featuring the music of Duke Ellington.During July, 2002, in conjunction with the Smithsonian Associates and RAICES Latin Music Museum
, Wilson presented a lecture/performance at the Museum of the City of New York
program traced the development of Latin jazz and its influence on American jazz.He
received the 2002 VCU Theresa Pollak Award for excellence in the arts. For additional information, please contact Professor Wilson directly at email@example.com.