Ben Russell, Violin
Ben Russell is a dynamic performer who displays great talent in his mastery of both classical music and the folk music of several cultures. As violinist, vocalist, and songwriter, his vast repertoire of music transports his audiences to a world of emotional creativity and sonic beauty.
Mr. Russell is a founding member of the New York City-based ensemble The Bryant Park Quartet. This energetic and virtuosic string quartet tours throughout the country performing recitals, giving presentations, and coaching young artists in public schools and universities. The quartet received a Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Program grant in 2008 and is currently Artists in Residence at the Stony Brook Pre-College Division.
Mr. Russell is a member of Camerata New England and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble. In New York City, he collaborates with top-notch ensembles such as the Wordless Music Orchestra, the Mark Morris Dance Group, and the String Orchestra of New York City. For the past several years, he has held the position of Principal 2nd Violin in the Portland Symphony Orchestra in Maine.