Emily Russ, praised for her sensitivity and responsiveness, is an active freelance pianist in the Triangle and Triad regions of North Carolina. She regularly works as an accompanist with music students at both UNC Chapel Hill and UNC Greensboro, as well as with many local high school students. A former Suzuki violin student, she enjoys playing for local Suzuki group classes, recitals, and workshops. Emily is also a regular accompanist for elementary/middle school choirs and children’s recitals. She enjoys accompanying operas and was one of the pianists for summer program Greensboro Light Opera and Song for several summers. For the past three fall semesters, Emily has accompanied UNCG’s Touring Opera, which performs a children’s opera for Guilford County elementary schools over the course of three months. In the spring semesters, she has been the pianist for UNCG Opera’s outreach program, Opera at the Carolina, at which over 5,000 fifth graders have the opportunity to watch and participate in an opera. In Fall 2018, Emily was the rehearsal pianist for Greensboro Opera’s production of Madama Butterfly, and she was both rehearsal and performance pianist for Hansel and Gretel in Spring 2019.
In 2016, Emily was one of the collaborative pianists at the Richard Luby International Violin Symposium at UNC and collaborated at the Composers of Color Collective Conference at NCCU. Recent professional performances include a performance with Dr. Timothy Holley, cellist, at Galloway Ridge in Pittsboro, NC, a recital with Samuel Magill, cellist, at Carol Woods Retirement Community in Chapel Hill, NC, and a chamber Young Artists Concert at The Cedars of Chapel Hill. As a collaborator, Emily has performed for a number of masterclass clinicians including Gil Shaham, Mimi Stillman, Kevork Mardirossian, Laurie Smukler, Aaron Berofsky, Kevin Lawrence, Fabian Lopez, and Nicholas DiEugenio.
Emily holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2013) and a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2015).