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Phoebe Russell – Double Bass Soloist for ActewAGL Llewellyn Two

Phoebe Russell – Double Bass 

Phoebe Russell returned home to Australia in early 2017 to take up the position of principal double bass with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.


She was 17 years old when she settled in Berlin and within months made her debut in the double bass section of the Berlin Philharmonic. Since then she has performed in more than 20 countries across the globe with leading orchestras including the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Radio Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra among others. She has performed under great conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Zubin Mehta, and Ricardo Muti among others.

In 2012 Phoebe was an Australian Chamber Orchestra ‘Emerging Artist’ and was a soloist and chamber musician in the ‘Wilma and Friends’ series run by Wilma Smith.


The Melburnian spent two years as scholarship recipient of the Berlin Philharmonic’s prestigious Karajan Orchestra Academy from 2013 to 2015, and was a bachelor student at the Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin. Phoebe is also an alumna of the Australian National Academy of Music where she completed a professional performance program in 2011 under the guidance of Damien Eckersley.


In 2015 she performed as recitalist to a full house in the Berlin Philharmonic’s lunchtime series and a few months later, won the conductors prize for best concerto in the 2016 Carl Flesch Akademie Concerto competition, performing Giovanni Bottesini’s second concerto with the Baden Baden Philharmonic. Phoebe has appeared as a soloist, both at home and abroad, with orchestras that include the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Baden Baden Philharmonic Orchestra, the Zelman Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Youth Strings Orchestra.

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