MusiciansOliver Russell

Oliver is a passionate cellist from Brisbane, having recently graduated his Bachelor of Music in Performance degree with Distinction from the Queensland Conservatorium studying with David Lale and Meta Weiss. In 2020 he will commence his first year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) training with Howard Penny.

Whist completing his undergraduate degree, Oliver was a finalist in the Vada Jefferies Bach Prize and a prize winner in the 4MBS Chamber Music Competition. He has also participated in masterclasses with musicians such as Finghin Collins, Brandon Vamos, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and Jiří Bárta as well as members of the Borodin, Australian and Goldner string quartets among others.

An avid chamber and orchestral musician, Oliver has performed at music festivals such as the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival (Washington, US), Australian Festival of Chamber Music (Townsville, QLD), and Crossbow Chamber Music Festival (Brisbane, QLD). He has performed as Principal Cello with the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony, Opera and Divertimenti Orchestras, the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra (North Carolina, US) and is a casual cellist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Pops Orchestra. He has also greatly enjoyed participating in programs such as the Australian Youth Orchestra and Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute.

Aside from music, Oliver enjoys living vicariously through the Australian cricket team, attempting to cook Gordon Ramsay recipes and travelling.

Photo by Pia Johnson

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