Fabian Russell

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Fabian Russell

Fabian Russell has been at the forefront of the Australian classical music industry in his 30 year career as an award winning conductor, artistic director, orchestral musician, soloist and educator.


He is the Founder, Artistic Director and Conductor of The Orchestra Project: the Melbourne based training orchestra that presents major orchestral concerts comprised of Australia’s finest young musicians playing alongside members of Australia’s professional orchestras. Since 2016, Fabian has been Principal Conductor of the NSW Youth Orchestra.


Fabian has conducted most of Australia’s professional orchestras, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and numerous youth and orchestras throughout Asia and Europe. He has regularly appeared as Guest Conductor with Victorian Opera since making his debut in the acclaimed 2013 production of John Adams’ Nixon in China, where he received the Green Room Award for Opera Conductor. He has also served as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, the Monash Academy Orchestra, University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and has worked with every major youth orchestra in Australia. He has enjoyed a long relationship with the internationally acclaimed Australian Youth Orchestra as Associate Conductor and in 2013 was Conductor-in- Residence at the Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp in Adelaide.


Fabian Russell was the recipient of a 2012 Sir Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship and holds a Masters Degree in Music Research from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.


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