Russell DeVuyst has been the Associate Principal trumpet with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra since 1992 and retired his position after 24 years in 2016. Russell began his musical studies at the age of 10 with his father Roger Devuyst. A native of Woonsocket Rhode Island, he has performed in a variety of bands, combos and ensembles of ethnic, popular and classical origins at an early age. He attended the Boston Conservatory where he received a Bachelor of Music Education degree and continued his studies at the New England Conservatory of Music earning a Masters of Music degree with a Distinction in Performance. He has studied the trumpet with a variety of performers and teachers, namely, Roger Voisin, André Come, Gerald Goguen and Charles Schlueter, of the Boston Symphony Orchestra; William Vacchiano and Mel Broiles of the New York Philharmonic and MET Opera Orchestras; Vincent Cichowicz, Arnold Jacobs and William Babcock of the Chicago Symphony, among others.
He was awarded a Fellowship to attend the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox Massachusetts; a summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Among the many activities at the Center, he performed and with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Before his appointment with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Russell has held Principal Trumpet positions with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Caracas Philharmonic in Venezuela and the Venezuela Symphony (co-principal), the Boston Opera Company, the Orchestra Symphonica del la Mineria in Mexico City, the Orchestra della R.A.I. of Turin, Italy and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally, he has performed with the Boston Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He has conducted trumpet master classes in Asia, North America, and South America.
He has recorded with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestras on several discs for the Decca, EMI and Sony label. He has recorded with composer Howard Shore in “The Making of The Lord of the Rings” The Lord of the Rings Symphony on Digital Video Disc (DVD). In addition he has performed as soloist with soprano Renée Fleming in concert.
Russell is Associate Professor of Trumpet at the Schullich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.