Bio

Nick Russoniello is a highly accomplished saxophonist and composer with an exciting career both in Australia and abroad. Nick has been the recipient of a number of major awards including the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Award and the Fine Music Kruger Scholarship. He has appeared as a soloist with the Adelaide, Queensland, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras and as a guest artist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian World Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. Nick is also a sought-after chamber musician. His chamber ensembles Continuum Sax, Duo Histoire and The Golden Age Project perform regularly across the country for organisations including Musica Viva Australia, ABC Classic FM and Phoenix Central Park. 

Nick’s original compositions for saxophone are regularly performed by saxophonist around the globe. They were recently featured at the World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, the European Saxophone Festival, Porto and on a tour of the U.S.A by Duo Obax. In 2019 Nick undertook a European tour, presenting his compositions at the Royal College of Music (London) and the Conservatorio Di Musica G. Verdi (Milan) and the Conservatoire De Strasbourg (France). 

In 2021, Nick has performed and presented his own compositions as part of Sydney Festival, City Recital Hall’s Lunchtime Series, a Musica Viva Australia Regional Tour and for the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra’s Voyages of Musical Discovery series. 

Nick is currently a doctoral candidate at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he tutors Composition for the Creative Industries. He is a Yamaha Australia Artist, D’addario Woodwind artist and an associate artist of The Australian Music Centre. 

In Review

“Russoniello was cool and mellow, the sax sounding like rich, gold chocolate….a dazzling virtuoso display by the composer and performer himself. “
Lynne Lancaster, Sydney Arts Guide

“A former Young Performer comes of age…everything one would expect of fine chamber music playing: a sensitivity towards tonal and timbral balance, a keen ear for flexible musical conversation and, perhaps most importantly, a sense of fun.”
Will Yeoman, Limelight Magazine

"Among the bevy of splendid solos, the sultry blues and jazz infected contributions of saxophonists Christina Leonard and Nick Russoniello stood out"
Murray Black, The Australian, Review of Bolero with the Australian World Orchestra

“As far as debuts go, this one is pretty remarkable.”
Stephanie Eslake, Cut Common about Between Worlds album

" Finally finessed solos on trumpet (David Eton) and tenor and soprano saxophone (Nick Russoniello & Christina Leonard) gave special pleasure"
Clive Paget, Limelight Magazine, Review of Bolero with the Australian World Orchestra