Andrew Russo

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Andrew Russo
Andrew Russo portrait.jpg
Background information
Born (1975-10-22) October 22, 1975 (age 38)
Syracuse, New York[1]
Occupations pianist
Website andrewrusso.net

Andrew C. Russo (born October 22, 1975) is an American pianist. Russo was born in Syracuse, New York, and studied music in New York City and Europe. He started a nonprofit youth educational foundation in New York at the age of 25 and recorded albums in the 2000s. In 2005, Russo became director of music at Le Moyne College, where he works as an artist in residence. He was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for the 49th New York State Senate district in the 2010 state election.

Early life and career[edit]

Russo was born to a father of the same name who played baseball as a catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies.[2][3] He is a native of Syracuse, New York, and graduated from Fayetteville-Manlius High School in 1993.[4][5] Russo received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Juilliard School in New York City and did post-graduate study in France and Germany.[6] He participated in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in 1998, returned to New York at the age of 25, and created Music Journeys Inc., a nonprofit youth educational foundation.[3][6] Russo played in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2001, and released Voice of the Whale, an album of songs by composer George Crumb, for the British label Black Box Records in 2002.[2][5][7]

Subsequent albums for Black Box, Corigliano: Violin Sonata; Etude Fantasy; Fantasia on an Ostinato; Chiaroscuro (2006), Aaron Jay Kernis: 100 Greatest Dance Hits (2007), Paul Schoenfield: Four Parables; Four Souvenirs; Café Music (2007), and Mix Tape (2008) received positive reviews by Allmusic.[8][9][10][11] Russo's 2007 album Dirty Little Secret for Endeavour Classics was favorably reviewed by Allmusic and The New York Times.[12][13]

Politics[edit]

In November 2009, Russo announced his candidacy for the 49th New York State Senate district as a Republican in the 2010 state election.[14] He had become a registered Republican on June 24, 2009 and was previously registered as a Democrat from 1995 to 2006, when he changed his registration to independent.[15][16] The 49th Senate district is represented since 2005 by Democrat David Valesky.[17] Russo named as his goals the implementation of term limits, the reduction of taxes, a spending freeze, and the removal of discretionary spending by individual senators.[18] Russo attacked Valesky over his support for same-sex marriage and for "broken promises", "painful tax hikes", and "failed leadership".[18][19] In December 2009, The Post-Standard reported that Russo had rarely voted since registering in 2001.[15] Russo maintained he had voted in 2006 and 2008, and had failed to vote more often because he had lived outside of the country.[15] Michael Long, chairman of the Conservative Party of New York State, stated on March 3, 2010, that Russo would be the Conservative Party candidate over of his Republican contender, East Syracuse mayor Danny Liedka.[20] In May 2010, the Senate Republican Campaign Committee endorsed Russo over Liedka for the primary election.[21]

Russo won the primary election on September 14 and became the Republican and Conservative candidate.[22] Russo sought to run on the Taxpayers Party of New York ballot line but New York State Board of Elections spokesman John Conklin stated on September 10, 2010, that too many of Russo's collected signatures were determined to be invalid for him to receive the line.[23] Valesky's campaign staff criticized Russo afterwards for having "no clue who is in this senate district".[23]

In the general election, Valesky had a lead in early October in fundraising and opinion polling.[24] Russo's campaign sought to portrait Valesky as a professional politician dependent on his party leadership and Valesky's campaign played up Russo's incomplete voting record and absence from the state.[25] Russo's campaign publicly demanded Valesky return donation from Democratic State Senate leaders, whose names were included in a government report alleging unethical business dealings.[26] Valesky's campaign in turn requested Russo return donations originating in the Seneca Nation of New York, which is suing New York over taxes on reservations.[26] The candidates and their parties committed about two million dollars combined to the election, because the election could decide what party wins a majority in the New York State Senate.[25] The Post-Standard on November 2, 2010, predicted the election to be close.[27] Russo lost to Valesky.[28]

Personal life[edit]

Russo lives in Fayetteville, New York, and works as an artist in residence at Le Moyne College, where he became director of music in 2005.[6][29][30] He is married to Natalia Chepurnova.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Andrew Russo". Campaign website. Archived from the original on September 27, 2010. Retrieved September 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Fleming, Shirley (January 1, 2003). "Celebrating George Crumb: pianist Andrew Russo leads the way". American Record Guide. Retrieved November 19, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Benson, Lee (June 24, 1998). "Concert brings back memories". Deseret News. p. B1. 
  4. ^ Ramsey, David (September 13, 2002). "Russo plays music of George Crumb; the Syracuse native plays the modern composer's music on Saturday". The Post-Standard. Retrieved November 19, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Ramsey, David (April 10, 2003). "Andrew Russo records work of composer George Crumb". The Post-Standard. Retrieved November 19, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c Cedrone, Amanda (December 8, 2009). "2 Republicans gunning for Valesky's Seat". NY Legislative Gazette Newspaper. Archived from the original on September 27, 2010. Retrieved January 17, 2010. 
  7. ^ Chism, Olin (June 10, 2001). "Cliburn Piano Competition ends with 1st, 2nd place ties". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved November 19, 2009. 
  8. ^ Sanderson, Blair. "Corigliano: Violin Sonata; Etude Fantasy; Fantasia on an Ostinato; Chiaroscuro". Allmusic. Retrieved November 19, 2009. 
  9. ^ Manheim, James. "Aaron Jay Kernis: 100 Greatest Dance Hits". Allmusic. Retrieved November 19, 2009. 
  10. ^ Eddins, Stephen. "Paul Schoenfield: Four Parables; Four Souvenirs; Café Music". Allmusic. Retrieved November 19, 2009. 
  11. ^ Eddins, Stephen. "Mix Tape". Allmusic. Retrieved November 19, 2009. 
  12. ^ Eddins, Stephen. "Dirty Little Secret". Allmusic. Retrieved November 19, 2009. 
  13. ^ Smith, Steve (April 29, 2007). "Muscular, Enthusiastic Strings and Piano (Note the Influences)". The New York Times. Retrieved November 19, 2009. 
  14. ^ Traynor, Caitlin (November 9, 2009). "GOP candidates aim for Valesky seat". The Oneida Daily Dispatch. Archived from the original on September 27, 2010. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 
  15. ^ a b c Goldberg, Delen (December 13, 2009). "Update: NY senate candidate Andrew Russo says he voted twice in nine years". The Post-Standard. Archived from the original on September 27, 2010. Retrieved September 27, 2010. 
  16. ^ Barron, James (October 25, 2010). "An Unorthodox Challenger for an Upstate Senate Seat". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 30 October 2010. Retrieved November 3, 2010. 
  17. ^ Goldberg, Delen (November 18, 2009). "Incumbent state Sen. Dave Valesky likely to be a target next year". The Post-Standard. Archived from the original on September 27, 2010. Retrieved November 19, 2009. 
  18. ^ a b Ackerman, Bryon (January 8, 2010). "State Senate candidate lists goals". Observer-Dispatch. Archived from the original on September 27, 2010. Retrieved January 17, 2010. 
  19. ^ Vielkind, Jimmy (December 2, 2009). "Valesky Votes Aye". The New York Observer. Archived from the original on September 27, 2010. Retrieved December 2, 2009. 
  20. ^ Mariani, John (March 3, 2010). "State Conservative Chairman Michael Long backs Andrew Russo for Senate". The Post-Standard. Archived from the original on September 27, 2010. Retrieved March 3, 2010. 
  21. ^ Goldberg, Delen (May 9, 2010). "Senate Republicans pick Andrew Russo over Danny Liedka for 49th Senate District". The Post-Standard. Archived from the original on September 27, 2010. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 
  22. ^ Harding, Robert (September 15, 2010). "Russo beats Liedka for state Senate". The Citizen. Archived from the original on September 27, 2010. Retrieved September 27, 2010. 
  23. ^ a b Harding, Robert (September 11, 2010). "Invalid signatures doom Russo’s Taxpayer run". The Citizen. Archived from the original on September 27, 2010. Retrieved September 27, 2010. 
  24. ^ Coin, Glenn (October 4, 2010). "Democratic Sen. David Valesky leads Republican Andrew Russo in poll, fundraising in key Senate district". The Post-Standard. Archived from the original on 9 October 2010. Retrieved November 2, 2010. 
  25. ^ a b c Coin, Glenn; Riede, Paul (October 28, 2010). "Candidates, parties pour almost $2 million into 49th District NY Senate race". The Post-Standard. Retrieved November 2, 2010. 
  26. ^ a b Harding, Robert (October 31, 2010). "Valesky, Russo blast each other’s donor list". The Citizen. Retrieved November 2, 2010. 
  27. ^ "Election day 2010: Tight races await voters". The Post-Standard. November 2, 2010. Archived from the original on 4 November 2010. Retrieved November 2, 2010. 
  28. ^ Coin, Glenn (November 3, 2010). "David Valesky leads in state Senate race". The Post-Standard. Archived from the original on 8 November 2010. Retrieved November 3, 2010. 
  29. ^ "Dexter native planning run for state Senate seat". Watertown Daily News. November 17, 2009. Archived from the original on September 27, 2010. Retrieved November 19, 2009. 
  30. ^ Goldberg, Delen (October 19, 2009). "Fayetteville pianist ponders a run against David Valesky for state senate". The Post-Standard. Archived from the original on September 27, 2010. Retrieved November 19, 2009. 

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