Jeff Russo

Jeff Russo

Birthday: 
August 31

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Two-time Grammy nominee and Emmy-winning composer Jeff Russo is at the top of his field, scoring varied and compelling music for film, television and video games. Russo won the Emmy and received two additional Emmy nominations for his thrilling and angst-producing score on FX's Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series Fargo. Russo is currently scoring Noah Hawley's upcoming drama film, Lucy In The Sky, starring Natalie Portman and Jon Hamm, and has finished Netflix's The Umbrella Academy, premiering February 15, 2019, based on the popular comic book series by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba, starring Ellen Page, Tom Hopper and Mary J. Blige. His recent work includes scoring Mark Wahlberg's action-thriller film, Mile 22, and composing FX's hit series, Legion, based on Marvel Comic's X-Men, starring Dan Stevens and Aubrey Plaza. Russo scores several hit TV series such as CBS's reimagining of the iconic cult-classic series Star Trek: Discovery, Starz's Counterpart, starring J.K. Simmons, and Power, produced by Curtis Jackson 50 Cent. Both Star Trek: Discovery and Legion were recently nominated for Peabody Awards. In addition to film and television, Russo received a BAFTA nomination for Best Music for Annapurna Interactive's indie video game, What Remains of Edith Finch.

Additionally, Russo scored HBO's Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated series The Night Of, starring John Turturro, FX's John Singleton series, Snowfall, and the Netflix original show, Altered Carbon. He also composed the music for Jon Avnet's film Three Christs, starring Richard Gere, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, and Craig Macneill's film, Lizzie, starring Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival before releasing in theaters September 14.

Russo began his music career in 1990, after founding his rock band TONIC. The group quickly achieved great success and in 2003, received two Grammy nominations, one for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for Take Me As I Am, and one for Best Rock Album.

Beyond his recent success in composing, Russo created the iconic musical themes for series including Spike's Tut, starring Ben Kingsley, and collaborated with Zoe Keating on both WGN's Manhattan and A&E Network's The Returned.

According to Variety Magazine, Jeff Russo understands how music can affect an audience. When music is employed, he sees it as an enhancement to character development, and is careful to create music that subtly flows with the action and visuals of the scene.

Russo has also composed music for the New York Ballet Company Cedar Lake Ensemble.

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

3 Nominations 1 Emmy

Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special (Original Dramatic Score) - 2017

  • Winner
  • Jeff Russo, Music by
  • Fargo
  • "Aporia"
  • FX Networks
  • MGM Television and FX Productions

Outstanding Music Composition For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special (Original Dramatic Score) - 2016

  • Nominee
  • Jeff Russo, Music by
  • Fargo
  • "Loplop"
  • FX Networks
  • MGM Television, FX Productions

Photos

  • Steven Zaillian and Jeff Russo are seen at the 2017 Emmy Awards' Directors Nominee Reception presented by The Television Academy at the Directors Guild of America on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

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  • Jeff Russo accepts his award at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.

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  • Nina Gordon and Jeff Russo on the red carpet at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys. 

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  • Television Academy Governors Michael Levine and Rickey Minor, and Jeff Russo attend the Television Academy’s Music Peer Group Emmy Nominee Reception in the Saban Media Center at the Television Academy’s NoHo Arts District Campus on  on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017 in Los Angeles.

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  • Rachel Keller and Jeff Russo at WORDS + MUSIC, presented Thursday, June 29, 2017 at the Television Academy's Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center in North Hollywood, California.

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  • Nina Gordon and Jeff Russo on the red carpet at the 2016 Creative Arts Emmys.

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