Nicholas Ross

Nick Ross



Battelle Fine Arts Center 108

Professor & Department Chair
Department of Music

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.


  • 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, Creative, & Professional Work

  • 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 RecitalCentaur records, Inc. CRC 3157
  • Arthur Honegger:MélodiesetChansonsCentaur Records, Inc., CRC 3151
  • A Piano Odyssey:Kent HollidayCentaur Records Inc., CRC 3014
  • John Powell:Early Piano WorksCentaur Records Inc., CRC 2828
  • American Impressions:Music from theWhaleheadClubSoundsideRecords
  • “Mozart, Chopin, Debussy and the Golden Section” inMusic 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
  • Anthony Lindsay Prize for Pianoforte Playing (1993)
  • John Longmire Prize for Pianoforte (Debussy competition, 1994)
  • John Ireland Prize for Accompanists (1994)
  • MehrooJeejeeboyPrize 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.