From humble beginnings in Delta, B.C, Aaron started his musical journey at the age of 4 on the piano, studying with Maureen Edwards. He took...
Julia Russ, the recipient of 2016 Steinway Top Teacher Award, is on the piano faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is also the current President of Northeast Ohio Music Teachers Association, a branch of Music Teachers National Association (established 1876). Before CIM, Ms. Russ was on the piano faculty of Kent State University. Her degrees include Professional Studies Diploma in Piano Performance; Professional Studies Diploma in Collaborative Piano (Cleveland Institute of Music); Master of Music in Piano Performance (Kent State University); Bachelor of Music in History and Theory (University of Toronto), and Music Diploma (Kwantlen Polytechnic University).
As a pianist Ms. Russ has worked with, performed with, and/or coached by Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, William Preucil; violinists Midori, Ivan Zenaty, and Paul Kantor; the violist of the Juilliard String Quartet, Roger Tapping; and cellist Sharon Robinson of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio.
As an educator, her students have won top honors and prizes at competitions and festivals. She was selected to conduct masterclasses and distant learning sessions at CIM, to talented students inside and outside of Cleveland. Since 2015, Ms. Russ is on the faculty of the prestigious summer program for talented young pianists, The Summer Sonata. She is also a highly sought-after adjudicator in both USA and Canada.
Ms. Russ’ performance was used in the PBS documentary “Violins of Hope”. Her performances were also featured on classical music radio stations in Greater Cleveland, WCLV, and WKSU; and HCTV of Hudson, Ohio.