Michelle Ross

Michelle Ross is a violinist, composer, improviser of uncommon gifts and deep curiosity as well as a protégée of the legendary Itzhak Perlman.

PHOTO CREDIT: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco.

Michelle Ross is a violinist, composer and improviser of uncommon gifts and deep curiosity. A protégée of the legendary Itzhak Perlman, this year Michelle had the honor of touring as guest first violinist with the Juilliard String Quartet, and with Avi Avital and the Between Worlds Ensemble. This year also brought world premieres of her compositions at Lucerne Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center. Michelle has performed as guest concertmaster with a stellar range of ensembles including the Orchestre de Paris, the London Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. An improviser across genres, Michelle is featured improvising with Jon Batiste on “Movement 11” from his Grammy-winning album “We Are.”

Praised for her debut album, pop-up project and blog Discovering Bach: Complete Sonatas and Partitas of J.S. Bach, Michelle is also passionate about expanding the bounds of contemporary music.

She is a member of Ensemble Échappé, co-curator of Lucerne Festival Forward, and faculty at Lucerne Festival Contemporary. Michelle was recently the soloist in Arvo Pärt’s Fratres at the Metropolitan Museum’s Celebration of Arvo Pärt at the Temple of Dendur, with James Blachley and EXO.

Collaboration highlights include many Musicians From Malrboro tours, and a performance of Bach Double with Itzhak Perlman, Michael Tilson Thomas and San Francisco Symphony. Recent album releases include “The Whale Song,” composed for cellist Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, “Haiku,” for cellist Arlen Hlusko, and featured performances on Samuel Adler: Chamber and Instrumental Music.

Michelle is the recipient of the 2012 Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund, and was recently Artist-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. Michelle holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Columbia University.