bandoneonist, pianist & composer
Paolo Russo works in many different formats from his solo concerts on bandoneon and or piano to jazz duo to quintet and classical ensembles in all shapes and sizes.
The music he presents vibrates with authentic character and is created with dedication and originality which colour all compositions and collaborations.
Paolo has a unique approach to the bandoneon. His solo live performances are an intimate encounter where Paolo presents his original works from his three bandoneon solo albums.
Follow the link below to a playlist with more than 60 bandoneon solo recordings. Original compositions, plus a number of recordings of famous jazz evergreens, personally arranged and interpreted as bandoneon solo and also a few short pieces of J. S. Bach.
Paolo Russo solo - bandoneon & piano
Paolo started out his musical career on the piano. Graduated from the Classical Conservatory in Pescara, Italy in 1993 and later from The Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2002. Listen here to an except from his solo concert at the Italian Institute of Culture in 2015, where he plays his composition
Kinsarvik and Bach prelude I in C major.
Paolo Russo - Overland jazz trio
The album "Overland" was released on the record label Odradek in the spring of 2019:
10 stories that dance between Nordic atmospheres, pregnant Mediterranean flavors, syncopated South American accents. Follow Paolo on Facebook and YouTube to stay tuned. Click the link to listen to the live concert performed in relation to the recording.
Duo with violinist and composer Bjarke Falgren. A light hearted musical encounter expressed with passion and virtuosity.
With Thommy Andersson on bass and Josefine Cronholm on vocal. A challenging musical encounter between the Nordic spirit and the Italian soul.
Paolo Russo quintet - Fellini goes Jazz
A live recording from Jazzhus Montmartre, Copenhagen, of the concert "Fellini Goes Jazz" - a tribute to Italian cinema and the music of Nino Rota - with Emanuele Cisi, Nico Gori, Francesco Calì and Jesper Bodilsen.
ESKAR trio meets Paolo Russo
One of the most acclaimed piano trios in Scandinavia, featuring Julie and Emilie Eskær and Charlotte Thaning. Paolo has composed and arranged new material for this ensemble - where classical elegance meets jazz accents and tango passion.
Tangology - with Ensemble Midtvest
An instrumental work in 11 episodes, composed and arranged by Paolo Russo, for the international Ensemble Midtvest. The musical story of an imaginary voyage with an unusual protagonist - the bandoneon.
"Imaginary Soundtrack" is a work composed by Paolo Russo for a highly unusual constellation of instruments: recorder, vibraphone, contrabass and bandoneon. Released on Odradek Records in September 2019.
Concerto for bandoneon solo and orchestra
In 2018 Paolo completed his first Concerto for Bandoneon and Chamber Orchestra in 3 movements, a post-Piazzolla oriented work that presents elements of classical, folk, jazz and film-music. To be presented and recorded in the fall of 2019.
Band Au Neon w. Francesco Calì and Nico Gori
The Latin Syndicate w. Yasser Pino
Youth Symphony Orchestra w. director Saul Saks
Russo/Bollani/Fresu trio (ITA-DEN-SWE-NOR - 2006-2010)
Duo Russo & Vilensky (LVA-LTU-DEN - 2013-2016)
Nuevo Trio Porteño (ARG-DEN-BRA-SWE - 2008-2012)
One Song w. Bo Stief and Lelo Nika (DEN-SWE-NOR-GER - 1999-2006)
Tangoorkestret (DEN - 2015-2019)
Thomas Clausen SXTET (DEN - 20o8-2009)
Karima Nayt (ALG-SWE - 2011-2015)
Copenhagen Philarmonic (DEN - 2011)
Copenhagen String Quartet (DEN - 2011)
Midtvest Orkester (DEN - 2012)
Lyngby-Taarbæk Symfoniorkester (DEN - 2017)
A Piacere Kvartetten (SWE - 2009)
DR Radio Underholdningsorkester (DEN - 2007)
SDUSO Symfoniorkester (DEN - 20o9-2014)
Colibrì Ensemble (ITA - 2016)
Poul Krebs (DEN-FRA - 2007-2012)
Jelena Jakubovitch (SWE-AUT-FIN - 2012)
Jesper Bodilsen "Scenografie" (DEN-SWE-ITA - 2012-2014)
Summa Cum Laude (AUT - 2012)
Tango Siempre (GBR-GER - 2008-2009)
Swingin' Europe (European tour - 2001)
Etta Cameron (DEN-SWE-FRO - 1997-2010)
Caroline Henderson (DEN-SWE-NOR-JPN-TZA-THA-MOZ - 20o3-2010)
Orange Tech & Latin Ensemble (SWE - 2005)
Music for film and theater (DEN-SWE - 1999-2012)