lex Russell began studying the violin in San Diego, California, at the age of two. He first performed on national television at the age of 11, and at 15 won his first orchestral position with the Tulare County Symphony. During his career he has been a member of orchestras throughout California and Ohio and has worked with such conductors as James Levine, John Williams, Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Neville Marriner, James Conlon, Carl St. Clair, Sergiu Comissiona, and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. As a soloist, Alex has performed concertos with orchestras around the country and has performed on numerous occasions on local, national, and international radio and television broadcasts.
As a chamber musician, Alex is an active member of both the violin/piano duo The Los Angeles Collaboration and the Cascades Piano Trio and has performed with members of the Nash Ensemble and the Vermeer and Philadelphia String Quartets. Alex is very committed to teaching: he is both Director of Chamber Music and Assistant Professor of Violin at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California, and has given masterclasses around the world at music schools and conservatories, including Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan, Armenia, and P. Maiboroda Music School in Zaporozhye, Ukraine.
Alex has received fellowships to study at numerous music festivals, including the Tanglewood Music Festival and the Aspen Music Festival. He holds a Master's in Violin Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with famed pedagogue Paul Kantor and is currently pursuing a DMA in Violin Performance with Alice Shoenfeld at the University of Southern California. Alex performs on an 1865 Auguste Sebastien Philippe Bernardel violin.