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Andrew Russo

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Andrew Russo is not your typical concert pianist or Grammy-nominated recording artist. He is also a certified financial planner and advisor and a former candidate for the New York state senate. Russo received both his bachelor's and master's of music degrees at Juilliard, and followed these with time in Leipzig and Paris, including studying with Frederic Chiu. He gained some notoriety when he performed George Crumb's A Little Suite for Christmas, A.D. 1979, during the first round of the 2001 Van Cliburn competition. It is believed to have been the first time a participant had played a piece that utilized the interior and body of the piano along with the keyboard. His collaborations and recordings bear out his affinity for new music. They feature works by Morton Gould, William Bolcom, Aaron Jay Kernis, and composers such as Marc Mellits and Derek Bermel, whose imaginative blending of various styles redefine concert music. Russo's inventive Mix Tape (2008) also puts a new perspective on pop music. It was Russo's recording of piano and chamber music by John Corigliano that was nominated for a Grammy in 2007. In 2013 he recorded Kernis' concerto Three Flavors and other works for Naxos. Outside of his musical activities, Russo had founded a music education nonprofit organization and was director of music at Le Moyne College between 2006 and 2010, and in 2009-2010 was a candidate for New York's state senate. It was around that time that he began to pursue a career in finance concurrent with his music performance. Russo, as a parent of a child with Down Syndrome, is also an advocate for families affected by developmental difficulties.
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  2.   Jerusalem (Curried Kafka) (after Emerson, Lake and Palmer), for piano
  3.   Crumb: Makrokosmos - Twelve Fantasy-Pieces after the Zodiac for Amplified Piano / Part Two - 7. Music of Shadows (for Aeolian Harp) - Libra
  4.   Born To Be Wild (after Steppenwolf), for piano
  5.   Crumb: A Little Suite For Christmas, A.D.1979 for piano - III: The Shepherd's Noël
  6.   Cars (after Gary Numan), for piano
  7.   Crumb: Makrokosmos - Twelve Fantasy-Pieces after the Zodiac for Amplified Piano / Part One - 2. Proteus - Pisces
  8.   The Corner (after Common), for piano
  9.   Crumb: A Little Suite For Christmas, A.D.1979 for piano - IV: Adoration of the Magi
  10.   Crumb: Makrokosmos - Twelve Fantasy-Pieces after the Zodiac for Amplified Piano / Part One - 1. Primeval Sounds (Genesis I) - Cancer
  11.   Search and Destroy (after The Stooges), for piano
  12.   Crumb: Makrokosmos - Twelve Fantasy-Pieces after the Zodiac for Amplified Piano / Part Three - 11. Dream Images (Love-Death Music) - Gemini
  13.   Crumb: Makrokosmos - Twelve Fantasy-Pieces after the Zodiac for Amplified Piano / Part Two - 5. The Phantom Gondolier - Scorpio
  14.   Street Spirit (Fade Out) (after Radiohead), for piano
  15.   You're Beautiful (after James Blunt), for piano
  16.   Crumb: A Little Suite For Christmas, A.D.1979 for piano - I: The Visitation
  17.   Three of a Perfect Pair (Menage a Deux) (after King Crimson), for piano
  18.   Portrait of Tracy (after Jaco Pastorius), for piano
  19.   Play That Funky Music (Toscanini's Glasses) (after Wild Cherry), for piano
  20.   Crumb: A Little Suite For Christmas, A.D.1979 for piano - VI: Canticle of the Holy Night
  21.   Dead Beat Club (after The B-52s), for piano
  22.   The Promise (after Tracy Chapman), for piano
  23.   Rosalinda's Eyes (I Know How Good You Are) (after Billy Joel), for piano
  24.   Crumb: A Little Suite For Christmas, A.D.1979 for piano - V: Nativity Dance
  25.   Crumb: Makrokosmos - Twelve Fantasy-Pieces after the Zodiac for Amplified Piano / Part Three - 9. The Abyss of Time - Virgo
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