Russell Hirshfield has appeared in recital throughout the United States, and in Brazil, China, Belgium, England, Serbia, Costa Rica, and South Africa, programming traditional and contemporary music. In 2017 he presents solo recitals in Serbia, England and Belgium, and chamber programs in Colorado, Connecticut, Wyoming, Nebraska and Kansas.
In 2017 Phaedra Records released Seeker – The Piano Music of Piet Swerts. The recording has been featured on Belgian Radio Klara and well-received by critics in Holland (Opusklassiek) and Belgium (Flanders Art Magazine). Hirshfield performs piano music of contemporary Belgian composers at The Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, including works by Andre LaPorte, Luc van Hove, Roland Coryn and Piet Swerts.
The recording Mad Dances - American Music for Saxophone and Piano, with saxophonist Dan Goble, was released by Albany Records in 2010. American Record Guide identified Hirshfield “… a highly skilled and flexible artist who digs into the thorny passages, yet renders the handful of special moments with wonderful touch and sincerity.”
(ARG, September/October 2011)
Dr. Hirshfield is Professor of Music at Western Connecticut State University. He served on the faculty of Northwestern State University in Louisiana, and as visiting professor at the State University of Campinas, Brazil.
He has presented master classes and conference lectures throughout the United States and abroad. Hirshfield is a member of the Artist Faculty for the 2017 International Piano Festival in Bačka Palanka, Serbia. He was Guest Artist for the 2015 Piano Master Class Series at New York University and a member of the piano faculty for the 2013 Oxford University Piano Festival in England.
Hirshfield trained in New Haven and later studied at the Eastman School of Music, Boston University, and the University of Colorado. His teachers include Robert Spillman, James Avery, Anthony di Bonaventura, and Alvin Chow. His adventuresome programming was deemed “challenging even to the most ambitious pianist…” (Boulder Daily Camera).