Craig Russell

Co-host of KCBX In Concert

Professor Craig Russell feels blessed to work with his many brilliant and wonderful students at Cal Poly—where he has taught since 1982.  Here on the Central Coast, Craig collaborates regularly with the San Luis Obispo Symphony and SLO Youth Symphony. 

Craig is steeped in the music of Spain and the Hispano-American world; he speaks often at international conferences and conventions in North America, Mexico, Spain, France, Venezuela, Bolivia, Panamá, and Austria and has published over 100 articles on eighteenth-century Hispanic studies, Mexican cathedral music, the California missions, and American popular culture.

In 2013 Dr. Russell was elected into honorary membership of the Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi in Barcelona—an exceedingly rare privilege for a non-Spaniard.  He authored 26 articles for the newest edition of The New Grove Dictionary and collaborated with Chanticleer on a DVD film and four CDs, two of which received Gramophone award nominations.

His compositions are released on Naxos and have been widely performed in Europe, Australia, and the USA—including concerts dedicated to his orchestral compositions in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Sydney Opera House, and Disney Hall in Los Angeles. In July, 2009, Oxford University Press released his most recent book, From Serra to Sancho: Music and Pageantry in the California Missions, a book that received numerous rave reviews (such as in the London Times) and several national awards.