(b. 27 March 1957, Maracaibo).
Canadian composer, born in Venezuela, of mostly orchestral and chamber works that have been performed in the Americas and in Europe.
Mr. Ross studied composition with Samuel Dolin at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto from 1980–85, where he earned his ARCT, and with John Beckwith at the University of Toronto, where he graduated with his MMus in 1986 and DMus in 1992.
Among his honours are prizes in the competition of the Hamilton Philharmonic (1993, for Passage 1), the competition of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (1993, for Passage 3), the competition of Symphony Nova Scotia (2002, for Three Lorca Sketches), and the competition of Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters (2002), as well the President's Award for Outstanding Research from Memorial University of Newfoundland (1999) and residencies at the Banff Centre in Alberta (1988) and Stanford University (1989). He later served as composer-in-residence at the Waterford New Music Festival in Ireland in 2003.
He is also active in other positions. As a guitarist, he has performed contemporary music in Canada. He served as director of evening services at St. Thomas' Anglican Church in St. John's, Newfoundland from 1997–2002.
He taught at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto from 1987–92 and at McMaster University in 1990–91. He has taught composition, electronic music, guitar, music theory, and orchestration at Memorial University of Newfoundland since 1992.
SELECT LIST OF WORKS
Passage 1, 1991
Passage 2, 1992
Passage 3, 1992
Three Lorca Sketches, 1995
Interlude, string orchestra, 1995
Fanfare for a New-Found Land, 1997
The Misty Mall of Avalon, symphonic band, 1999
Concerto, viola, orchestra, 2002
Dialogues for Two Guitars, 2 guitars, 1986
Four Pieces, flute, clarinet, bassoon, 1986 (also version for violin, viola, cello, 1987)
Genesis: Chapters One to Three, clarinet, viola, piano, 1987
Dialogues for Ten Players, flute (+ piccolo), oboe, clarinet (+ bass clarinet), bassoon, French horn, trumpet, double bass, piano, 2 percussion, 1988
Late-Night Music, trumpet, double bass/bass guitar, piano, drum kit, 1990
Study, guitar, 1990
Night Music 2, flute, bass clarinet, trumpet, bass trombone, piano, 3 percussion, 1993
Ripples, clarinet, live electronics, 1993
Duck Soup, bass trombone, piano, 1994
Cool Stream, piano, percussion, 1996
Steppin' Out, violin, cello, piano, 1996
Three Pieces, violin, piano, 1997
Wanderlust, viola, 2 percussion, 1998
Memory Quilt, flute, piano, 1999
Andrew Jacob's Ragtime Blues, guitar, 2001
Lamentations, cello, 2002
McGillicuddy's Rant – Theme and 10 Variations, guitar, 1980–2003
Urban Dance Music, alto saxophone, fixed media, 2000–03
Saturday Night in Olde St. John's, 2 percussion, 2003
Jennifer's Tune, double bass/bass guitar, piano, drum kit ad libitum, 2005
I sleep and my soul awakens, guitar, string quartet, 2005
Singing, mixed chorus, 1993
Canciones sobre el amor y la muerte (text by Federico García Lorca), soprano, string quartet, 1988–96
Psalms of Despair (texts from Psalm 22, Psalm 77, Psalm 130), soprano, clarinet, piano, 1996
Song of Songs, soprano, violin, cello, percussion, 1998
Three 9/11 Songs, high voice, piano, 2005–06
Eleven Short Piano Pieces, 1980–98
Last Dance, 1999
Over Heard, fixed media, 1989
Space, Earth, Water, Wind, fixed media, 1989