Fabian Russell
Music Director

Fabian Russell was born in Sydney, Australia in 1968. In a career spanning more than three decades he has been at the forefront of the Australian classical music industry as a multi-award winning conductor, artistic director, orchestral musician, soloist and teacher.

Fabian has received invitations to conduct orchestras including Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Victorian Opera, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, Australian National Academy of Music Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Niedersächsisches Jugensinfonieorchester, Queensland Youth Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra, Darwin Symphony Orchestra, University of Tasmanian Conservatorium Orchestra, Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and Monash University Academy Orchestra.

The numerous conducting positions Fabian has held include: Principal Conductor and Artistic Director The Orchestra Project, Associate Conductor Australian Youth Orchestra, Principal Conductor and Artistic Director Melbourne Youth Orchestra, Principal Conductor New South Wales Youth Orchestra, Principal Conductor Monash University Academy Orchestra, Principal Conductor University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

In 2002 Fabian founded The Orchestra Project – the Melbourne based training orchestra comprised of

Australia’s finest emerging artists who perform alongside members of Australia’s professional orchestras. Fabian serves as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Project that receives significant support from the Australian National Academy of Music. The Project has completed 28 performance seasons since its inception.

In 2013 Fabian made his Victorian Opera debut in a new production of John Adams’ Nixon in China receiving considerable critical acclaim that resulted in the Green Room Award for Outstanding Conductor, as well as a Helpmann Award nomination for Best Music Director. Described in The Age as “nothing short of a triumph, Fabian Russell’s superb direction of Orchestra Victoria shows up the clarity and dynamism of Adams’ extraordinary score, but also its inner beauty and moments of reflective stillness.” And in The Australian “Musical polymath Fabian Russell conducts Nixon in China with energy and finesse drawing a powerful performance from Orchestra Victoria and an excellent cast of nine principals and chorus of twenty four.”

Fabian has enjoyed a long relationship with the Australian Youth Orchestra as Associate Conductor where he has been engaged to conduct AYO in the preparation of 26 seasons since 2002, including three international tours. He has prepared the orchestra for various Guest Conductors including Lawrence Foster, Diego Masson, Benjamin Zander, Alexander Anissimov, Rossen Milanov, Alexander Shelley, John Nelson, Thomas Dausgaard, Simone Young, Manfred Honneck, Antony Hermus, Christoph Eschenbach and violinist Joshua Bell.

During the first twenty years of his professional career he held principal positions with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Guest Principal 1987-1990), Orchestra Victoria (1990-1992) and fifteen years with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (1992-2006).