Phoebe Russell returned home to Australia in early 2017 to take up the position of principal double bass with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

She was 17 years old when she settled in Berlin and within months made her debut in the double bass section of the Berlin Philharmonic. Since then she has performed in more than 20 countries across the globe with leading orchestras including the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Radio Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony orchestras among others. She has performed under many great conductors including favourites such as Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Zubin Mehta, and Ricardo Muti.

As an educator, Phoebe has given classes at the Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Pontificana Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. 

Before moving to Europe in early 2012, Phoebe completed a professional performance program at the Australian National Academy of Music under the tutelage of Damien Eckersley and was an Australian Chamber Orchestra Emerging Artist. 

As a soloist she has performed in Australia and abroad with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Baden Baden Philharmonic, Zelman Symphony Orchestra, Wilma and Friends Series, the Melbourne Youth Strings and has appeared as recitalist in the Berlin Philharmonic lunch concert series to a full house.