Julian Ross

Chair, String Department
Professor of Violin
D.M.A., Rutgers University

Julian Ross

Julian RossChair, String Department
Professor of Violin

D.M.A., Rutgers University
M.M., Eastman School of Music
B.M., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music



Violinist of BW’s resident ensembles, The Elysian Trio and Lyceum2, Dr. Julian Ross is an uncommonly versatile artist. He has appeared as a soloist with orchestras and wind ensembles in repertoire ranging from Baroque and Romantic concerti to premieres of new commissions.

Ross toured the U.S. and abroad with the Arcadia Trio, the Boston Musical Arts Consortium, the Music from Yellow Barn Tours and the Memphis Piano Quartet. Before coming to BW, he served on the faculties of Memphis State University and Florida State University. Ross participated in the Yellow Barn Festival for 11 years, and was on the faculties of Brevard, Aria International, Tennessee Governor’s School and the Blue Mountain Festival.

His rich chamber music collaborations have kindled investigation of special repertoire, such as music composed by women and works by jazz great, Joe Venuti. Through four decades of performing and teaching chamber music, Ross gained unique expertise in teamwork, problem solving and communication. A devoted teacher, he composed etudes addressing tenacious violinistic problems and a melodically reinforced approach to scale studies. His original compositions have been received warmly by audiences.

Ross’s students have won competitions, earned leadership positions in professional orchestras, and established themselves on teaching faculties. A past president of the Tennessee String Teachers’ Association, Ross currently serves on the board of the Ohio String Teachers’ Association. His teachers included Arnold Steinhardt, Sylvia Rosenberg, Eric Rosenblith and Jens Ellermann.