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About Russell Vinick

Russell Vinick serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Chicago Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra (Chicago), and part-time music faculty member at Columbia College of Chicago. As Music Director and Conductor of the LSSO, Vinick was awarded by the Illinois Council of Orchestras the 2010 and 2015 “Conductor of the Year” Award, 2011 “Programming of the Year” Award, and 2012 “Orchestra of the Year” Award.

Vinick has been a guest conductor in concerts with the Chicago Philharmonic, Sichuan Philharmonic Orchestra (China), Shandong Symphony Orchestra (China), Kunming Symphony Orchestra (China), Virginia Symphony, Missouri Chamber Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra, Manchester (CT) Symphony Orchestra, University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra, Northeastern Illinois University faculty members for the Henry Cowell Music Festival, Petite Opera in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, and Opera West in Puccini’s Suor Angelica. He was the conductor for the world premiere recording of Martin Blazewicz’s Concerto Rustico for Marimba and String Orchestra that was released commercially in which Percussive Notes magazine reviewed this performance stating that, “the balance between soloist and ensemble is remarkable.”

Vinick served as the Cover Conductor for the Joffrey Ballet with whom he conducted numerous performances of the Nutcracker ballet and Prokofiev’s Cinderella with the Chicago Philharmonic at the Auditorium Theater in downtown Chicago. Vinick was the Assistant Conductor for the Knoxville (TN) Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. Vinick was one of seven people internationally selected to participate in the conducting program at the Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival in Santa Cruz, California studying under Marin Alsop and Gustav Meier. He has served as Assistant Conductor at the Pacific Music Festival (founded by Leonard Bernstein) in Sapporo, Japan, under Neeme Järvi, Christoph Eschenbach, and Michael Tilson Thomas. He has also been in the conducting programs at the Aspen Music Festival and Tanglewood Music Festival.

Vinick earned a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Connecticut where he received the Lottie Green Conducting Scholarship. He earned a master's degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles under Daniel Lewis where he received the Conducting Departmental Award and music scholarships. Vinick has also been a student of Kirk Trevor, Cliff Colnot, and Eiji Oue.

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