Charles Russo

One of the premier clarinetists of our time, Charles Russo has distinguished himself as soloist, chamber artist, and orchestral musician in countless performances, television broadcasts, and recordings. Many of these were historic performances, such as Pablo Casals’s United States appearance at the 25th anniversary of the United Nations, with Luciano Pavarotti as part of the 100th telecast of Live from Lincoln Center, and as soloist in Morton Gould’s Derivations for Solo Clarinet for the Aaron Copland tribute.

Mr. Russo has been a guest artist and soloist with some of the country’s leading string quartets, chamber ensembles, and orchestras, including the Juilliard, Guarneri, and Emerson String Quartets, New School Concerts, Mostly Mozart, Caramoor, and the New York Chamber Symphony. He has also given much 20th-century music its first hearing, both on recordings and in prestigious series and venues for contemporary repertoire.

A Grammy nominee, Charles Russo has been involved in more than 100 recordings on nearly a dozen labels, from chamber music to full orchestral works. His critically acclamied CD recordings, released on the Premier Label, include Music for Clarinet and Strings and Strings and Clarinet Allo Cinema . In the Fall of 2004 his recordings of the clarinet quintets of Mozart and Weber will be released on the Helicon label. He has performed and recorded with many of the world’s greatest composers and conductors, including Stravinsky, Copland, Stokowski, and Bernstein; as well as scores of renowned performers including Arthur Rubinstein, Rudolf Serkin, Isaac Stern, and Beverly Sills.

In his teaching and master classes across the country, Charles Russo has had an important influence on many young musicians. He has been on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music for more than twenty-five years and also teaches at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. His previous appointments have been on the faculties of Yale, Vassar, and the New England Conservatory of Music. Mr. Russo is also the founder and artistic director of Le Mont Chamber Music Seminar in Nyack, New York.

Manhattan School of Music faculty since 1963.