Pianist Russell Hirshfield has received acclaim for his brilliant technique and his original and powerful interpretive insights across a wide repertoire.
Russell Hirshfield received his musical training in New Haven, CT and later studied at the Eastman School of Music, Boston University, and the University of Colorado, studying with Robert Spillman, James Avery, Anthony di Bonaventura and Alvin Chow.
He has performed in recital regularly throughout the world, giving concerts across the United States, Brazil, China, Belgium, England, Serbia, Costa Rica and South Africa, including recent performances at the Holywell Music Room in Oxford and the Royal Flemish Academy in Brussels. more
“Hirshfield shines in the works of early Scriabin: this is surely his breakthrough recording. He finds the true character of Scriabin’s Op 11 Preludes, revealing them to be not merely ‘post-Chopin’ miniatures but products of a rounded, independent compositional voice. The defining factors of Hirshfield’s interpretations are his clarity of texture and understanding of gesture..."
“Russell Hirshfield … offers beautifully played and persuasive accounts of the various Scriabin works. Throughout, Hirshfield displays a rich and gorgeous tone, flawless legato, and a keen, analytical ear for balancing the music’s voices and textures. Hirshfield also proves himself more than equal to the moments of tempestuous Romantic expression. The Étude, op. 8/12, for example, exudes precisely the kind of angst and surging passion the music demands..."