Russell Nadel, 22, has just begun his final year of study at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland, working on a five-year Bachelor's/Master's program with a double major in music composition and music education. He is in the composition studio of Dr. Bruno Amato and the music education studio of Dr. Harlan Parker. Recent awards include the Mu Phi Epsilon Sterling Sterling Senior Achievement Award for 2005, the 2005 Peabody Alumni Association Award, and the Frank D. Willis Memorial Prize for 2005. Mr. Nadel's sextet Dodici was recently selected by the Bakersfield, CA Symphony to be featured on their 2006 New Directions Concert Series, and his chamber winds work Five Scenes for Ten Players won the Mu Phi Epsilon Original Composition Contest for 2005 and received Second Prize in the Prix d'Été X (2005). Other notable awards include Runner-up (Emerging Composer) in the 2005 New York Art Ensemble Young Composer Competition, Second Prize in the Eighteenth Annual APSU Young Composer's Competition (2004), a 2004 Peabody Development Grant, Honorable Mention in the 2005 Renée B. Fisher Composer Awards (Elementary/Middle School Division), Honorable Mention in the Alpha Lambda Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia's First Annual Young Composers Competition, First Prize in the 2003 Vancouver Chamber Choir Young Composers' Competition (University category), and Second Prize in the Prix d'Été VIII (2003). Mr. Nadel was also the 2003 winner of the Peabody Camerata Student Composer Contest, and received the 2002 Gustav Klemm Prize for excellence in composition.
Mr. Nadel attended The Walden School in the summers of 2000 and 2001, and received their prestigious Director's Award in 2001. He received Second Prize in the 2001 Vancouver Chamber Choir Composition Competition and participated in the 2001 and 2002 Baltimore Choral Arts Society Student Composer Projects. Previous instructors in music theory and composition include Dr. Harold Boatrite and Christopher Buzby. Mr. Nadel has had original compositions performed and recorded by members of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Voces Novae et Antiquae, Non Sequitur, and the Phoenix Chamber Ensemble; students at Peabody; and various student and adult choruses and bands in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, DC.