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Nicholas Ross , DMA

Nicholas Ross

Professor , Director of Keyboard Studies, Associate Chair of the Music Department
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Office: Battelle Fine Arts Center 108


  • DMA in Piano Performance, Rice University.
  • UM in Piano Performance (MMus equivalent: ArtEz, the Netherlands)
  • DipTCL (Trinity College of Music, London)
  • Ingenieur (MSc equivalent, Twente University, the Netherlands)

Research & Teaching Interests

  • Piano performance (solo and collaborative). Music and mathematics.
  • Courses taught: Applied Piano, Music Theory I and II, Class Piano I and II  
  • First Year Seminar, Music and Ideology



  • Arthur Honegger: Chamber Music Centaur Records, Inc., CRC 3437
  • A Golden Proportion Recital Centaur records, Inc. CRC 3157
  • Arthur Honegger: Mélodies et Chansons Centaur Records, Inc., CRC 3151
  • A Piano Odyssey:  Kent Holliday Centaur Records Inc., CRC 3014
  • John Powell:  Early Piano Works Centaur Records Inc., CRC 2828
  • American Impressions:  Music from the Whalehead Club Soundside Records
  • “Mozart, Chopin, Debussy and the Golden Section” in Music Function and Value: Proceedings of the 11th International Congress on Musical Signification. Edited by Teresa Malecka and Malgorzata Pawlowska, 540-549. Krakow: Akademia Muzyczna W Krakowie, 2013.

Affiliations & Awards

  • Member of the College Music Society and MTNA
  • Faculty Fellowship (2008-2009), Sweet Briar College

 At Trinity College of Music:

  • Anthony Lindsay Prize for Pianoforte Playing (1993)
  • John Longmire Prize for Pianoforte (Debussy competition, 1994)
  • John Ireland Prize for Accompanists (1994)
  • Mehroo Jeejeeboy Prize for Pianoforte Playing (1995)
  • Alec Rowley Memorial Prize (1996)
  • The Elisabeth Schumann Prize for Lieder 1996 (Accompanist)    
  • Robert Meyer-ESU Prize
    An intercollegiate prize which resulted in a scholarship to attend Aspen Music Festival, June-August, 1995. Previous winners of the prize include cellist Steven Isserlis.

Personal Biography

Nick Ross performs as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe.  He has performed recitals and concertos at 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.

Nick is active as a recording artist, and he has released four solo piano recordings to date, as well as two collaborative discs of Arthur Honegger’s music. Ross’ scholarly research has focused in recent years on proportional structures and the golden ratio in the music of Mozart, Debussy, Bartók and others. He has presented lecture recitals on the topic at conferences in Lancaster, Krakow, and at various universities and colleges in the US.

His primary piano professors were John Perry, John Bingham, Benno Pierweijer and Matthijs Verschoor.  In addition, he worked with Christine Croshaw and David Newbold on collaborative piano, and played in masterclasses and courses for Graham Johnson, Christopher Czaja Sager and Theodore Paraskivesko among others. 

/ Office of Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs is located in Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St.

Office Hours

M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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