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.
His latest solo recording entitled Alexander Scriabin: Early Works (Navona, 2020) features a brilliant program of Scriabin’s earlier, and lesser-known, works for solo piano, in superb performance. His recording Seeker – The Piano Music of Piet Swerts (Phaedra Records) was released in 2017, and was featured in Europe on Belgian Radio Klara, and received critical acclaim in Holland (Opusklassiek), Belgium (Flanders Art Magazine) and the United States (American Record Guide). His recording Mad Dances – American Music for Saxophone and Piano, with saxophonist Dan Goble, was released by Albany Records in 2010. Recent acclaim for Alexander Scriabin – Early Works has led to an invitation to perform the Scriabin Piano Concerto with the Oxford Philharmonic during the 2021-22 season.
Currently, Russell Hirshfield is Professor of Music at Western Connecticut State University. He has presented master classes and conference lectures throughout the United States and abroad. He was a member of the Artist Faculty for the 2019 International Piano Festival in Bačka Palanka, Serbia, the 2015 Piano Master Class Series at New York University, and the 2013 Oxford University Piano Festival in England.