Violinist Ross Monroe Winter is serving as Instructor of Violin at the University of Northern Iowa. His career spans multiple genres in the orchestral, chamber music, and solo fields as well as work in film and television. Currently a member of the Richmond Symphony in Virginia and the IRIS Orchestra in Tennessee, in January of 2016 he was appointed Associate Concertmaster of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (IA/IL). He has previously been a member of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Boston Philharmonic, and has performed with the National, Baltimore, New Jersey, and Alabama Symphony Orchestras.
Additional highlights of this coming season include concerto appearances with the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra in Anna Clyne's "Prince of Clouds": a concerto for two violins performed with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond, and conductor Laura Jackson.
During the summers, Dr. Winter serves as Academy Director of the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy, as well as performing as Principal Second Violin of the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra; he also teaches at “The Orchestra Project”, a seven day orchestral and chamber music training program jointly produced by the Richmond Symphony and Virginia Commonwealth University. Previously he has served on the faculties at George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Mary Washington, University of Richmond, New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School and “Festival Youth Orchestra” Summer Institute, and The Chamber Music Workshop in Lexington, MA. He has given masterclasses at the Interlochen Center for the Arts; The Boston Conservatory; University of North Carolina-Greensboro; and Penn State, Syracuse, James Madison, Arkansas State universities; and many others.
Devoted to chamber music, he is a founding member of the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble, which is ensemble-in-residence at WCVE Public Radio and formerly at the Lake George Music Festival. He is frequently heard in recital, as a guest with numerous ensembles, and in the summers as a member of the Wintergreen Chamber Players. He has performed at the festivals of Aspen, Santo Domingo, Todi, Maastricht, Virginia Arts, and Music at Penn's Woods.
Dr. Winter holds BM and MM degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Boston Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Malcolm Lowe, and from the State University of New York, Purchase College-Conservatory of Music with Laurie Smukler as a graduate assistant. He completed his doctoral studies at The Catholic University of America's Benjamin T. Rome School of Music in Washington, DC with Jody Gatwood. Other principal teachers include Sylvia Rosenberg, Kurt Sassmannshaus, and Philip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet.
His most notable student has been Robert Downey, Jr. for the Warner Bros. film Sherlock Holmes (2009) while also playing the principal role of Violinist. Other tastes of Hollywood include roles as a featured performer in Sex and the City 2 (2010), Taylor Swift's NBC Thanksgiving Special (2010), HBO's series Mildred Pierce (2011) starring Kate Winslet, the BET Honors with Aretha Franklin (2014), and Steven Spielberg's Lincoln (2012). He also spent time working on the USA Network series Royal Pains as an advisor and tutoring guest star Sami Gayle for the episode “A History of Violins” (2011). Recordings for Albany Records, Sono Luminus, AAM Recordings, and Naxos.
Ross spends the little free time available with his two perfect puggles, Chili and Belle, exploring new restaurants, and obsessing over the works of Mahler.