Composer & Conductor

"I could not believe I was hearing the same orchestra. Under the baton of Kriss Russman the musicians of the Prague State Opera played with deep concentration and achieved a wonderful sound."
- Opera magazine, London

"The Riga Philharmonic play with immense warmth under the baton of Kriss Russman."
- The Times, London

"The young conductor Kriss Russman gave wings to the [Augsburg] Philharmonic... he led the musicians to the highest of all heights."
Augsburger Allgemeine Zeitung, Augsburg

"The performance of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings was simply outstanding and indeed I cannot recall hearing a better account of this work."
- Cape Times, Cape Town


Kriss Russman has conducted Madama Butterfly and Cosi fan tutte with Prague State Opera, Tosca with Hungarian State Opera and Kraków Opera, Rigoletto with Kiev National Opera and Belgrade National Theatre, La Traviata and I Pagliacci with Latvian National Opera and La Bohème with Ulan Bator State Opera.

Orchestras he has conducted include the London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Colonne in Paris, Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra and Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany, Nordic Chamber Orchestra in Sweden, Danish Philharmonic Orchestra, Athens Symphony Orchestra, Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra in the Czech Republic, Biel Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland, Pori Sinfonietta in Finland, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra in Norway, the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra, the Durban Symphony Orchestra and Cape Philharmonic in South Africa and the Xiamen Philharmonic in China.

In the 2015/16 season, Kriss Russman made his debut with the Belgrade National Theatre. He also recorded the orchestral music of George Butterworth with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for BIS Records and the CD was released in the UK on 1st July 2016. The disc received a 5-star review in the BBC Music Magazine and reached No. 1 in the official British Classical Music Chart. 

The 2016/17 season included debuts conducting Rigoletto with the Sarajevo National Theatre and the Bolshoi National Theatre of Minsk, Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress with Istanbul State Opera, Il barbiere di Siviglia with Macedonian National Opera, La Traviata with Armenia's Yerevan Opera Theatre, Carmen with Opera Brasov and a first appearance with the Macedonian Philharmonic at the SOCOM international contemporary music festival in Skopje. The 2017/18 season includes debuts with the Muscat Royal Philharmonic and Tîrgu Mureș State Philharmonic orchestras.

Kriss Russman conducts Stravinsky's Firebird Suite with the Bucharest Philharmonic (PASSWORD: kriss)


Kriss Russman conducts the first act of Puccini's Tosca with the Hungarian State Opera (PASSWORD: kriss)

Kriss Russman talks about conducting and commissioning