Violinist and composer Michelle Ross is unique as both a solo artist and collaborative visionary. Michelle is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician, collaborator, and guest concertmaster all around the world. Her debut album Discovering Bach: Complete Sonatas and Partitas of J.S. Bach was recently released by Albany Records. In 2015, Michelle performed the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas for 33 days in public spaces all around NYC, and her contemporaneous blog was featured by Alex Ross of the New Yorker. Michelle is the recipient of the 2012 Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund. Michelle is currently Artist-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.
Michelle began the 2018-19 season performing Bach Double Violin Concerto with the San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, and her lifelong teacher, Itzhak Perlman. Michelle had her Carnegie Hall debut with Harry Bicket in 2012, and highlights include play/directing Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, soloist with the Westchester Philharmonic, the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, and winner of Juilliard’s Stravinsky Concerto Competition.
A dedicated chamber musician and curator, Michelle has toured extensively with Musicians from Marlboro and Itzhak Perlman. Michelle was an artist at the Marlboro Music Festival from 2011-2014, where she collaborated with Mitsuko Uchida, Dénes Várjon, as well as members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, and Cleveland String Quartets. In 2016, she launched Chamber Music at Eleventh Street Arts, in close collaboration with visual artists at the Grand Central Atelier in NYC.
Festival appearances include Bravo!Vail, MostlyMozart Festival, Diaghilev Festival in Perm, Russia, Krzyzowa Music Festival in Poland, Twickenham Fest, Methow Valley Festival, Music@Menlo. Michelle is a member of Manhattan Chamber Players, and alumni of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect. A passionate proponent of contemporary music, Michelle is a member of NYC-based sinfonietta Ensemble Échappé, and a guest player with the International Contemporary Ensemble and Teodor Currentzis’ MusicAeterna.
As guest concertmaster, Michelle recently led the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the inaugural Lucerne Festival Alumni Orchestra tour, with Riccardo Chailly, in Switzerland and Germany. Past work includes leading the Mahler Chamber Orchestra throughout Europe and Israel, play/directing the Mahler Chamber Orchestra with soloist Yuja Wang in Frankfurt; multiple appearances leading the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse with Tugan Sokhiev, the Orchestre de Chambre d’Auvergne, Teodor Currentzis’ MusicAeterna, the Princeton Symphony, and leading Ensemble Connect in Carnegie Hall.
As a composer, Michelle has worked extensively creating multi-media works with dancers, electronics, and visual art installations. Michelle was awarded a New Music USA grant in 2016, and the Emerging Composer Award in 2007. An improviser on both the violin and piano, Michelle also creates live immersive works with electronics, and frequently collaborates with other genres. Her work toured with the Aspen Sante Fe Ballet for three seasons, and Michelle has had multimedia premieres in Baryshnikov Arts Center, Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center’s Beyond the Machine Festival; internationally, in Berlin and the Philippines.
Michelle holds a M.M. from the Juilliard School and a B.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. Teachers include Dorothy DeLay, Itzhak Perlman, Catherine Cho and Ronald Copes. Michelle studied composition with Dr. Samuel Adler, Dr. Kendall Briggs, and Dr. Andrew Thomas.