Violinist Ross Monroe Winter's career spans multiple genres in the orchestral, chamber music, and solo fields as well as work in film and television.
A highlight of upcoming solo appearances this season includes performances with China's Sichuan Conservatory Symphony Orchestra and conductor Rebecca Burkhardt in Daron Hagen's violin concerto "Songbook”. Recent solo engagements have been with Brazil's Orquestra Sinfônica da Universidade de Caxias do Sul and the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra (NISO) in John Corigliano's "The Red Violin" Chaconne; with Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra (Vivaldi and Max Reger's Four Seasons); with NISO in separate duo concertos with Juilliard violin professor Laurie Smukler (Mozart's Concertone), and UNI's Julia Bullard (Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante); and with 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.
Currently a member of the Richmond Symphony (VA) and the IRIS Orchestra (TN), Dr. Winter served for two seasons as interim 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 (Washington, DC), Milwaukee, Baltimore, Alabama, and New Jersey Symphony Orchestras, as well as the orchestras of Albany, Rhode Island, Roanoke, and South Florida. He also performed as guest concertmaster with the Des Moines Metro Opera in 2017.
A sought after teacher, Dr. Winter is Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Northern Iowa School of Music. During the summers, he teaches violin and chamber music at the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy where he has also served as Academy Director, and is currently Principal Second Violin of the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra. He also serves on the violin and chamber music faculty at The Orchestra Project: a joint festival produced by VCU and the Richmond Symphony in Virginia. Previously, he has taught at George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Mary Washington, University of Richmond, Purchase College, 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, Penn State University, The Boston Conservatory, University of North Carolina Greensboro, Syracuse University, James Madison University, Arkansas State University, and many others.
Devoted to chamber music, he was a founding member (and on the Board of Directors) of the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble, which has been 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 and the UNI Faculty Piano Quartet. 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.