Consistently winning international praise for his music-making and visionary leadership, John Morris Russell is Conductor of the Cincinnati Pops, Music Director of the Hilton Head Symphony and the first Conductor Laureate of the Windsor (ON) Symphony Orchestra; prior to that appointment he served as that orchestra’s Music Director for many seasons.
As a guest conductor, Maestro Russell has led many of North America’s most distinguished ensembles, including the orchestras of Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria, Vancouver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Dallas, Minnesota, Miami’s New World Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, Colorado Symphony, New York City Ballet, New York Pops, the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He will make his Boston Pops debut this spring.
With his position in Cincinnati, John Morris Russell leads sold-out performances at Music Hall and at the Riverbend Music Center. He led that orchestra on their first-ever Florida tour this past December and has had two recordings released with the Cincinnati Pops: Home for the Holidays and Superheroes!.
Mr. Russell received a Master of Music degree in conducting from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Williams College in Massachusetts.