Pianist Nick Ross is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Keyboard Studies at Otterbein University. In addition to teaching piano, Dr. Ross also gives instruction in music theory, aural skills, and teaches an interdisciplinary course, Music and Ideology.
Nick Ross performs as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe in such venues as St. Martin’s-in-the-Field and St. John’s Smith Square, London, the Field Room in Dublin, and the Engelse Kerk in Amsterdam. He is the pianist of the James Piano Quartet, a chamber group that is based in Virginia, which has held residencies at Sweet Briar College and the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival.
Nick Ross has released four solo piano recordings to date, as well as the complete songs of Arthur Honegger with singers Claudia Patacca and Sinan Vural (Centaur, 2012). His first three solo discs focused on American music, and include John Powell: Early Piano Music (John Powell was a Virginian composer of the early to mid twentieth century) and Kent Holliday: A Musical Odyssey (with pianist Emily Yap Chua), featuring works of Virginia Tech professor and Barto composition prize winner Kent Holliday. Ross’ most recent solo recording features music of Mozart, Chopin, and Debussy, and is entitled A Golden Proportion Recital (Centaur, 2011). Ross is also involved in scholarly research focusing on a range of topics. In particular he is interested in the use of proportional structures, especially the golden ratio, in the music of Mozart, Haydn, C.P.E. Bach, and Claude Debussy.
Ross earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from Rice University in Houston, Texas, and also holds degrees in piano performance from the Twente Conservatory (now called ArtEz) in Holland and Trinity College of Music in London, as well as a Masters degree in Applied Mathematics from Twente University. His primary piano professors were John Perry, John Bingham, and Benno Pierweijer. In addition, he worked with Christine Croshaw and David Newbold on collaborative piano, and with Graham Johnson as a participant in The Young Songmaker’s Almanac in 1995.
Prior to his arrival at Otterbein, Ross was a professor at Sweet Briar College in Virginia where he was the music department chair from 2005 until 2012. He received the Faculty Fellowship award for his sabbatical year of 2008-2009. His students have been prizewinners in competitions such as the Lion’s Club Bland Competition, East Carolina University Young Artist’s Competition, and the Gustavo Romero Piano Competition.
For more information and samples from his recordings please visit: www.nickrosspianist.com.