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Russell Peterson, classical and jazz saxophonist, bassoonist, and composer, holds degrees from Youngstown State University (Ohio), Le Conservatoire de Bordeaux (France), and Bowling Green State University (Ohio), where he studied with Dr. James Umble, Donald Byo, Jean-Marie Londeix, Dr. Jeffery Lyman and Dr. John Sampen.

Winner of numerous prizes, including the top prize at the 1995 International Geneva Saxophone Concours (Switzerland), and first place winner of the MTNA National Music Competition, Mr. Peterson has soloed with orchestras in the United States as well as Europe, including the Dana Chamber Orchestra (USA), Concordia Orchestra (USA), Bowling Green Philharmonic (USA), L'Orchestra de la Suisse Romande (Switzerland), Collegium Musicum (Basel, Switzerland), The Orchestra Conservatorio Superior De Música (Spain), and The St. Petersburg Philharmonic (Russia).

Russell Peterson is an active chamber musician, performing extensively throughout Europe and the United States with the Transcontinental Saxophone Quartet, and the Hard-Bop Saxophone Quartet in Fargo-Moorhead. The Hard-Bop Quartet's CD release, Don't Step On Your Neck, is available on Sea-Breeze Records, and the TSQ's debut CD on Albany Records, Mountain Roads, features works by David Maslanka, David Stock and Russell Peck.

As an orchestral player he has served as bassoonist with several symphony orchestras and is currently principal bassoonist with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, as well as bassoonist with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Woodwind Quintet.

Russell Peterson has served on the faculty at Youngstown State University (Ohio), The University of Toledo (Ohio), Minnesota State University Moorhead, Interlochen Summer Arts Acedemy and is currently instructor of Saxophone, Bassoon, and Jazz Studies at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.

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