Russell Thompson is a bassist from Cleveland, Ohio. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Masters of Music from Boston University. He is currently pursuing an advanced degree at Yale University. His teachers include Max Dimoff, principal bassist of the Cleveland Orchestra, Edwin Barker, Principal Bassist of the Boston Symphony, and Don Palma, founding member of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. In addition to AIMS, he also attended the National Repertory Orchestra and the Texas Music Festival. He plays on a bass made by Oregon luthier Seth Kimmel and a bow by Louis Morizot. He currently lives in New Haven, Connecticut.