Sandro Russo was born in Italy, and graduated summa cum laude from the V. Bellini Conservatory and earned the Pianoforte Performing Diploma from the Royal College of Music. He won top prize awards in numerous national and international competitions, including Senigallia and the Ibla Grand Prize. Soon after he moved to the United States in 2000, he won the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition. He has performed in such prestigious concert halls as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus Berlin, Weill and Zankel halls at Carnegie Hall, Salle Cortot in Paris and Teatro Politeama in Palermo. His recitals include performances for The Rachmaninoff Society, the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, Concerts Grand in Santa Rosa (CA), the American Liszt Society, the Houston International Piano Festival, the Husum Festival of Piano Rarities in Germany and the Chetham's International Piano Festival in Manchester (U.K.), among others. His extensive repertoire comprises well-known masterpieces of all periods as well as more obscure works of the piano literature, e.g., by Medtner, Sorabji and other composerpianists. He has also premiered compositions by Lowell Liebermann, Paul Moravec, and Marc-André Hamelin. In January 2009, Bechstein-America invited Mr. Russo to record a DVD on the historical1862 Bechstein piano (#576) owned by Franz Liszt. In addition, the DVD “Sandro Russo Plays the Steinway CD-75 Horowitz Piano” represents the first recording on this legendary instrument after Horowitz's death. Mr. Russo's latest recording, Rachmaninov – Solo Piano Works, released on the Steinway & Sons label, has received great critical acclaim and has been chosen “Disc of the Month” by Italy's The Classic Voice magazine. Sandro Russo is a Steinway Artist.