Aiden Russell is a rising Canadian cellist hailing from Ottawa, Ontario who has had experience as a chamber, orchestral, and solo musician. He has recently entered the teaching profession as well and is eager to give back to the community that has given him so much.
Aiden graduated from the strings program at Canterbury High School and made his solo debut with the Ottawa Youth Orchestra as the winner of their concerto competition in 2014. He has since played in concert halls all across Canada as well as select concert halls in the
United States and Europe.
After completing a bachelors degree in cello performance with Matt Haimovitz at Schulich School of Music of McGill University in 2018 with a minor in music theory, Aiden is now pursuing a masters degree in cello performance at the Peabody Institute of Music of Johns Hopkins University with Professor Alan Stepansky.
Aiden has a passion for teaching cello, piano, and music theory lessons to students of all ages and skill levels. With a background of progressing through the RCM examinations, he is well able to prepare students for those as well.
Aiden believes in an emphasis on proper posture and playing technique to avoid injury and develop good habits early on. During lessons, there is always encouragement for students to ask questions and discuss their own ideas. Aiden often uses fun anecdotes in lessons to help describe an idea or technique being worked on by a student in a way that may be more relatable for them. He teaches music theory ranging from basic rudiments and basic harmony to more advanced harmony, counterpoint, score analysis and 20th century compositional tools.