Dr. Alexander Russakovsky, joined the faculty of the School of Music in the fall of 2001. He has studied the cello at the Leningrad Conservatory, under renowned Russian professors, Emmanuel Fishman and Anatoli Nikitin. Russakovsky received his bachelor of music from the Jerusalem Rubin Academy, where he studied with Shmuel Magen, and his master of music from the Yale School of Music under Aldo Parisot. He holds a doctorate in cello performance from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he studied with Geoffrey Rutkowski and Ron Leonard.
A founding member of the Jerusalem Academy String Quartet, Russakovsky has performed with the group throughout Israel, as well as in Germany, Switzerland, Holland, and France. He has made numerous solo appearances with orchestras in Israel, Russia and the United States. A dedicated chamber music player, Russakovsky has performed with string quartets and other chamber music formations in Santa Barbara, in the Chamber Music Series of the Spoleto Festival in Italy, and with the Western Slope Music Festival in Colorado. He also has served on the faculty of the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Bonefro, Italy and the IV Violoncello Biennal in Peru.
A recipient of many awards, Russakovsky won the Angela and Maurice M. Clairmont Competition in Tel Aviv, the Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation Competition in Santa Barbara, the Charlotte and Alvin Bronstein Scholarship for the Arts from the Ohaj Festival, and the 1999 Career Grant of the Esperia Foundation.
His orchestral engagements include Savannah Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, New Haven Symphony and Leningrad Philharmonic.