|Russell Smith was born on April 23, 1927 in Tuscalousa Alabama and died in Munich, Germany in the fall of 1998. He studied at the Columbia University, New York, privately with Aaron Copland, Bernard Rogers and Edgard Varese. He was assistant professor at Queens College and Hunter College for Musik Literatur and Theory. He was an editor for G. Ricordi & Co. and H.W. Gray & Co. He was composer in residence for the Cleveland Orchestra and the New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra. He was assistant professor for Composition, Theory and Piano at the University of New Orleans. The last years of his life he spent in Munich, Germany as a free-lance composer.