Professor of Violin
Department of String Instruments Chair
Member of the Elysian Trio
D.M.A., Rutgers University
M.M., Eastman School of Music
B.M., Cincinnati College Conservatory
Julian Ross is Professor of Violin, String Department Chair, and member of the Elysian Trio, ensemble in residence at Baldwin Wallace University. Keenly devoted to the musically adventurous, Ross’ diverse projects have included appearances as soloist in new concerti that he commissioned and premiered, performance with Baldwin Wallace’s Jazz Ensemble, presentation of his own original compositions and his modern transcriptions of works from the Renaissance.
Highlights as soloist have included premieres of Loris Chobanian's "Capriccio," Don Freund's "Beyond the Brass Gates," (both for violin and symphonic wind ensemble), and Don Freund's Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra, "Primavera Doubles." Other solo appearances with orchestra have included repertoire ranging from the concerti of Mendelssohn and Bruch to Ravel’s Tzigane and Chen Yi’s "Chinese Folk Dance Suite." During eight years on the faculty of Memphis State University he performed as a member of the Memphis Piano Quartet and the Memphis Casio Quartet. He toured with the Musical Arts Consortium and the New Orchestra of Boston and appeared frequently as a founding member of the Arcadia Trio. Ross later served on the faculty of Florida State University, performing as concertmaster of the Tallahassee Symphony. Ross taught and performed for over ten years at the Yellow Barn Music Festival, and has been on the violin faculties of the Brevard Music Center and the Blue Mountain Music Festival.
A devoted teacher, he founded and directs the Front Street Intensive, a focused summer workshop for serious violin students at Baldwin Wallace. He has authored two volumes of technical materials for his violin students, “Right from the Start” and “I Wish I’d Practiced That,” and he has been called upon to give master classes for schools such as the Indiana University Summer String Academy and the Cincinnati College Conservatory. Ross’ DMA is from Rutgers University, MM from the Eastman School and BM from the Cincinnati College Conservatory. His major teachers included Arnold Steinhardt, Sylvia Rosenberg, Eric Rosenblith and Jens Ellermann. His all-important formative teachers included Fryderyk Sadowsky, Gladys Lang, Isadore Grossman and Wanda Theriac.
Ross was recipient of the Elizabeth Wycoff-Durham award in music performance. For the 2011-12 school year he served as Interim Director of the Conservatory at Baldwin Wallace.