Alexander Russakovsky

Professor of Cello

About the Studio


Alexander Russakovsky has studied the cello at the Leningrad Conservatory, under renowned Russian professors, Emmanuel Fishman and Anatoli Nikitin. He earned his Bachelor of Music at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy and his Master’s degree at the Yale University where he studied under Aldo Parisot. He holds a doctorate in cello performance from the University of California, Santa Barbara. 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. In 2001, he joined the faculty of the University of Southern Mississippi School of Music. He also has served on the faculty of the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Bonefro, Italy and the IV Violoncello Biennial in Peru. Most recently, Dr. Russakovsky has given master classes and recitals in Taiwan, Israel, and Latin America. Compact discs featuring Russakovsky and pianist Amber Shay Nicholson have been released by Centaur and Brilliant Classics record labels. A recipient of many awards, he won the Angela and Maurice M. Clairmont Competition in Tel Aviv, the Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation Competition in Santa Barbara, and the 1999 Career Grant of the Esperia Foundation.