Biography



Two-time Grammy nominee and Emmy-winning composer Jeff Russo is at the top of his field, scoring varied and compelling music for television, film 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, “Pale Blue Dot,” starring Natalie Portman and Jon Hamm, and Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy” based on the popular comic book series by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba, and starring Ellen Page, Tom Hopper and Mary J. Blige. His recent work includes scoring Mark Wahlberg’s action-thriller film, “Mile 22,” premiering August 17, and composing for 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, andPower,” 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. 

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.” The band was a great showcase for Russo’s guitar work and songwriting that allowed him to branch out and begin his solo career in producing and composing.

Beyond his recent success in composing, Russo created the iconic musical themes for series including Spike’s “Tut,” starring Ben Kingsley, and USA Network's "Necessary Roughness," starring Callie Thorne and John Stamos. Russo 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 composed music for the New York Ballet Company Cedar Lake Ensemble.