Biography

Joshua Russell has performed as a pianist, organist, and conductor throughout the United States, Europe, and Haiti.  Widely regarded as an expert on the piano music of Haiti, Dr. Russell recently performed an encore recital of Haitian piano music at the Haitian Embassy in Washington, D.C., after which Haitian Ambassador Raymond Joseph stated:

“As an interpreter of Haitian music, you could not find a better person.  He was an inspiration to everyone who heard him.  He is an inspiration to me.”

Deeply committed to improving the lives of Haitians through music-related activities, Dr. Russell has recorded a CD of Haitian piano music, with the proceeds going toward the rebuilding of Haiti’s primary music school that was completely destroyed in the earthquake.  He recently reconstructed and edited a long lost piano concerto by one of Haiti’s greatest composers and recently presented the revival performance of this work.

Joshua has appeared as soloist with the Dubuque Symphony, Carson City Symphony, Knox-Galesburg Symphony, Central Illinois Youth Symphony, Clinton Symphony, Muscatine Symphony, Illinois State University Symphony Orchestra, University of Minnesota-Duluth Orchestra, the Mott College Concert Band (Flint, MI) and the Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival Orchestra.  He has presented recitals at nationally visible venues such as the Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition in Baltimore, American Liszt Society National Festival, the San Genarro Festival of Los Angeles, the Lasker (North Carolina) Summer Music Festival and was recently invited to perform at the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia.

In demand throughout the United States for his entertaining and educational workshops for music students and teachers, Dr. Russell has been a speaker at national conferences of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and the College Music Society (CMS).

Joshua is a a member of the piano faculty at Illinois State University.  He has served on the piano faculty for the École Sainte Trinite Summer Music Camp for Haitian Youth in Leogane, Haiti where he also conducted the Petits Chanteurs Haitian boys choir.