Pianist Russell Miller has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and on concert tours to Korea, Hong Kong, Alaska and the former Soviet Union. He has performed in recital with Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade, Julia Broxholm, Todd Graber, Jan Opalach, Robert Swensen, Anthony Dean Griffey, Susan Shafer and Kathleen Roland. For twelve years, he was the musical director for the vocal quartet “SATB” and served as pianist and harpsichordist for the Florentine Opera of Milwaukee for Rossini’s La cenerentola and Verdi’s Aïda. Professional recordings include songs of Weill, Gershwin, Lori Laitman and Mohammed Fairouz, and viola works of Hindemith and Loeffler with Donald McInnes. He regularly plays also for training workshops for young orchestral conductors in Chicago and various European countries. He was also honored to be invited as a guest presenter at the 2016 International Collaborative Piano Symposium in Taiwan.
A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Miller studied solo and collaborative piano and opera coaching at the University of Southern California, the Manhattan School of Music, The Juilliard School, and the University of Michigan. His primary teachers have been Edith Knox, Gwendolyn Koldofsky, Brooks Smith, Alberta Maisiello, Martin Katz, Louis Nagel and Graham Johnson. Professor of Vocal Coaching and Repertoire at Eastman since 1995, Dr. Miller has also held faculty positions at Oberlin College Conservatory and The Cleveland Institute of Music. He has been a guest teacher at numerous schools in the US, most recently the University of Kansas and the University of Texas–Austin. In the summers, he was a staff pianist and faculty member at the Music Academy of the West, the Pine Mountain Music Festival and the Vancouver International Song Institute.