Russell Whitehead - Trumpet
Russell Whitehead holds a Master's degree in Performance from the University of Michigan, and Bachelor's from the University of Saskatchewan. From 1986–1991 Russell was Principal Trumpet for the Saskatoon Symphony and apprentice Conductor from 1989–1991. He has performed in numerous Music Theatre Contemporary Opera productions at The Banff Centre and 1996 was a performer and assistant music director for a contemporary opera, The Nature of Water, written by Georges Aperghis.
Russell is a founding member and past artistic director of the NOWAge Orchestra (1992-2000), an eclectic group dedicated to the 'theatre' of New Music. The NOWAge Orchestra received numerous grants from both Canada Council and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts for their interdisciplinary collaborations with dance and drama.
Russell has been a featured soloist with the Saskatoon and Red Deer Symphonies, the 1995 International Computer Music Conference held at The Banff Centre, the Edmonton Cantando Band Festival (2000, 2001, 2003), the New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia, the University of Alberta Music Department concert series, the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, most recently, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and has recorded solo and chamber concerts for CBC Radio. Over the past 15 years he has toured throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta performing solo concerts and teaching clinics at colleges, universities and high schools.
Russell was very pleased to be appointed Acting Principal Trumpet for the 2004-05 season with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Presently he holds the position of Third Trumpet with the Symphony, performs with the Capital Brass and teaches at the University of Alberta, King's College University and through his home.
During the 2005-06 season Russell performs as soloist with the New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia in November and the Alberta Baroque Ensemble in April.
He can be heard on the CDs Prairie Sounds, Bashaw, and most recently his debut CD Prairie Scenes, all on Arktos Recordings.