Russ Spiegel is a commissioned composer, writer, producer, and actor and holds a Master’s degree in Jazz Performance from the City College of New York. Originally from Los Angeles, he relocated to Europe with his family as a teenager, spending almost twenty years in Germany where he concentrated on a music career.
Russ returned to the US in 2001, settling in New York City where his work as a musician continued to flourish. Alongside performing everything from solo guitar to running a 17-piece jazz orchestra featuring his own compositions and arrangements, Russ has released several CDs, written music for film, TV and musicals, toured Europe and Asia, taught college-level courses, run workshops and seminars, worked as a music copyist for Broadway shows and major-label recordings as well as having appeared in a number of feature films as both a musician and actor.
Awards“Jazz Stipendium” City of Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 1999 (DM10,000). “Barbash Award” City College of New York 2004-2006, $3000. “Professional Music Scholarship” Berklee College of Music, 1986-1988.
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