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ANDREW RUSSO

Andrew C. Russo is known for the diversity of his interests and experiences, whether it be business, music or politics. A native of Syracuse, NY, Russo is a graduate of The Juilliard School, and pursued post-graduate studies in Leipzig and Paris with the pianist and alternative and non-traditionalist pedagogue Frederic Chiu. Andrew’s early career was spent as an advocate of American composers and American music. He has performed in many of the world’s cultural capitals, including Paris, London, Moscow, Rome, Brussels, Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Buenos Aires. His appearance as a finalist in the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition drew attention, when he became the first pianist to perform a significant work using alternative techniques requiring the inside and frame of the piano as well as the keys. He was featured in Peter Rosen’s internationally broadcast documentary Playing on the Edge not long after the competition and profiled in The New York Times writer James Barron’s book, The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand. With thirteen commercial recordings to his credit, the highlight of Andrew Russo’s recording career was a 2007 GRAMMY® nomination for his Black Box Records release of music by John Corigliano. His video of Jacob TV’s The Body of Your Dreams has become a popular draw on YouTube and was broadcast on Dutch television. In 2010, Russo was nominated to run for the New York State Senate representing Central New York. The unorthodox nature of Andrew Russo’s candidacy drew statewide attention, with a profile in The New York Times and coverage from outlets such as The National Review and Capitol Tonight. Currently, Andrew Russo is the director of Wealth Management for Strategic Financial Services’ Syracuse, NY office and is a member of the Board of Directors and Investment Committee of the Upstate Medical University Foundation. He continues to perform concerts and make recordings.


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