Nicole Russell is a New York based composer, pianist, vocalist, teacher, and producer. Her work is exploratory and harmonically adventurous, and is often inspired by nature, mental health, gender issues and race. She is originally from Austin, Texas.
Her work was featured on the Calliope’s Call “Sounds of Unity” program and the 2019 Women in Music Festival on the campus of the Mississippi University for Women. She was also a selected student composer for the 2019 CISUM Percussion Workshop in New York City, and has works scheduled to be performed by Transient Canvas and the JACK quartet. Nicole is an active pianist and mezzo-soprano, performing as a soloist or accompanist in styles from classical to jazz. She has a background in teaching private lessons in piano, voice, and composition. She previously worked at Central Christian Church in San Antonio, Texas, singing alto in the Chancel Choir and also playing with the Handbell Choir.
Nicole completed her bachelor’s degree in Music Composition at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and is pursuing her master’s in Music Theory and Composition at New York University, studying under Joan La Barbara. Her past teachers include Ethan Wickman, James Syler, and Andrew Lloyd.