Arthur Russell Strings is named for the influential New York City composer and cellist, Arthur Russell. Arthur started playing at the age of eight, and he later studied at the Ali Akbar Kahn School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. When Arthur died of AIDS at the age of 40, he left a volume of compositions and recordings admired around the world. In 2008, an acclaimed documentary film, Wild Combination, and a biography, Hold on to your Dreams, were released. Arthur may be best remembered for the extraordinary and beautiful sounds he produced with his cello and his exploration of the range of musical emotions, from reverence to playfulness.
We dedicate our study of string playing to him.