Russell Hancock (center in the photo) is the pianist with the Saint Michael Trio, affectionately called “St. Mike.” The trio is composed of Russell on the piano, Daniel Cher on the violin, and Michel Flexer on the cello. They are classical artists with a great sense of humor. They are even more interesting, because all three are musicians by night and Silicon Valley Geeks by day. Russell is a member of the public policy faculty at Stanford, and by day he is President & CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley.
Russell has appeared as concerto soloist with symphonies throughout the United States and his worldwide appearances include recitals from Taipei to Tapachula, Mexico.
St. Mike receive consistent praise for making their concerts interesting, accessible, and oftentimes funny. In addition to the classical masterworks, they perform jazz and even rock tunes, and their hallmark is mixing all of it in the same concert.
In 2008 Saint Mike was named artists-in-residence at Menlo College, where they quickly outgrew the auditorium and established a rabid fan base. In 2010 they became affiliated artists at Notre Dame de Namur University and were installed as anchors in the Villa Chamber Series at Montalvo Arts Center. In 2012 they began a partnership with Stanford University, appearing to sold-out crowds at Dinkelspiel Auditorium where they deliver their trademark “informances” exploring classical composers in depth (official website).
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