Patrick Russ biography

Patrick Russ is a symphonic orchestrator of more than 170 film scores. He was principal orchestrator for many years for composers Elmer Bernstein and Maurice Jarre, and currently collaborates with other orchestrators on scores by Cliff Eidelman, Richard Gibbs, James Newton Howard, Rachel Portman, and others. He has created frequently performed concert suites for films with music by Elmer Bernstein, John Debney, Danny Elfman, Jerry Goldsmith, Bronislau Kaper, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Maurice Jarre, Nino Rota, Miklos Rozsa, Dimitri Tiomkin, Franz Waxman, and Victor Young. He has also created symphonic adaptations of entire film scores including Bride of Frankenstein and Casablanca, performed live in concert with the film.

His symphonic arrangements have been premiered by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Chicago Symphony, Cincinnati Pops, Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Liverpool, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic, and numerous others. He arranged the “Olympic Hymn,” sill in use today, and music for the Opening Ceremonies in Atlanta, Salt Lake City, and London. Other arrangements include the Grammy Award-winning CD Previn Conducts Korngold and William Walton’s critically acclaimed Five Bagatelles for Guitar and Orchestra.

He has created music arrangements for the U.S. President at the White House, members of the Royal Family at Hampton Court, Pope John Paul II, and the King of Sweden; and for premieres and recordings by opera greats Renée Fleming, Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle, Placido Domingo, and Jubilant Sykes, as well as instrumental soloists Matt Haimovitz and The 5 Browns. He is arranger or producer of several CDs for American classical guitarist Christopher Parkening, and judges for the “Young Guitarist Competition” at the Parkening International Guitar Competition in Malibu, California. He serves as President of the Film Music Foundation. Patrick, his wife Shirley and their children reside in Los Angeles.

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