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Russell Guyver is originally from London, England. He has followed a varied career as conductor, violist, composer and educator. As a violist he has played in many orchestras including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, English National Opera, Royal Ballet and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela. He has appeared as conductor, soloist and chamber musician on four continents and is a guest artist at several annual music festivals in the United States and in Brazil. For many years he has been violist with The London Music Club Quartet. Guyver is in demand nationally as conductor and clinician at All-State conventions and has also served as a coach with the Filarmónica Joven de Colombia.
In 1984 Russell Guyver co-founded the String Orchestra of the Rockies, now a flourishing professional chamber orchestra based in Missoula, Montana. Also active as a composer, he received an Emmy for his score of a PBS docudrama in 1991 and in 2010 premiered his one-act electric opera Opera[tion] World Peace, co-written with Brian Luedloff.
Recent conducting highlights include concerts directing the Orquestra Sinfónica Brasilera, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Cordas de Volta Redonda, Barra Mansa Symphony, Alaska All-State Orchestra,the Colorado Dance Theatre Orchestra, and, of course, the UNC Symphony Orchestra.
Guyver is Director of Orchestras at the University of Northern Colorado. Under his direction, the UNC Symphony Orchestra has been awarded “Best U.S. College Orchestra” by Down Beat magazine ten times and was twice selected to represent the USA in the International Cycle of University Orchestras in Zaragoza, Spain. Russell Guyver received his musical training at the Guildhall School of Music in London, and earned a doctor of musical arts degree in conducting at the University of Kansas under the guidance of Brian Priestman.