Tubist William Russell moved to Chicago in 2006.  He has been a regular substitute with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 2007, and has performed with the CSO in Europe and at New York’s Carnegie Hall.  He can be heard playing on the ensemble’s Grammy-winning recording of Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony with Bernhard Haitink.

In 2008 and 2009, William was invited to Rome to temporarily fill the vacated tuba position at Italy’s preeminent symphonic orchestra, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.  

William benefited from working with some of Central Virginia's best musicians in his formative years, including Steve Layman, Kevin Stees, John D’Earth (jazz trumpet), and Pete Spaar (bass).  He has since been able to study around the country with such tuba legends as Sam Pilafian, Mike Roylance, and Floyd Cooley.  

These days William plays as a freelance musician around the Chicago area and enjoys jamming with Chciago’s newest funk and hip-hop sensation: J-Livi & the Party.

William received his degrees, BM Arizona State University, and a MM/PC DePaul University