Nick Russoniello - Alto Sax

Nick Russoniello was born in Wollongong and commenced saxophone lessons at the age of ten. At the end of high school Nick was selected to perform solo at the Sydney Opera house and toured New Zealand as a soloist with the BHP Youth Orchestra.

In 2003 Nick commenced a Bachelor of Music (performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium studying classical saxophone under Christina Leonard. During his time at the Conservatorium Nick was the recipient of a number of scholarships and was included on the Conservatorium’s 2006 Dean’s honours role for academic excellence. In 2006 Nick completed his Bachelor degree with first class honours.

In 2004 and 2006 Nick attended the European Summer Saxophone University in Gap, France. This internationally renowned summer school is run by Professor Claude Delangle (Professor of saxophone at the Paris Conservatoire National Superior de Musique) and at this course Nick had lessons and performed for some of the world’s finest saxophone players. In 2007 Nick was awarded a BBM award to return to London and France to have lessons with some of Europe’s finest classical saxophonists including John Harle, Jean Denis Michat, Christian Wirth, Marie Bernadette Charrier and Kyle Horche.

Nick has performed a solo recital on 2MBS radio and performs regularly with a number of ensembles. Nick is part of the Duo Histoire, with classical guitarist Murilo Tanouye ( The Duo Histoire have performed across the country and in 2008 recorded their debut album with the assistance of Ars Musica Australis and the Federation of Young Australians. This album has been played on ABC classics radio, 2MBS Sydney, Edge Radio Hobart and a number of small radio stations around the state. Nick has also performed regularly with Nexas Saxophone quartet, who recently toured NSW with renowned pianist David Miller AM.

In 2008/09, with the help of the Ian Potter Cultural trust and the Italian Institute of Culture, Nick has been persuing post graduate studies at the Consevatorio di Milano "G.Verdi". He was a winner of both the Conservatorio's 'Ferrara' competition for chamber music with the Syrinx Saxophone Quartet and the 'Cantarone' competition for his work in Duo with Israeli saxophonist Yanir Ritter. The Syrinx Saxophone Quartet has performed in concerts and festivals in Milan, Brescia, Vicenza and Sardinia and performed the Philip Glass Concerto for Saxophone Quartet with the Orchestra Dell'Academia di Schio, Vicenza (Italy).