in Cincinnati and educated in the Chicago area, James Ross graduated from
Northern Illinois University in 1971. His teachers have included Roy C. Knapp,
G. Allan O’Connor and Vic Firth.
has been a percussionist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1979. He
made his solo debut with the Orchestra in 1986 in Milhaud’s Concerto for
Percussion and Chamber Orchestra under Erich Leinsdorf. A member of the Grant
Park Symphony from 1973 to 1978, he returned to that orchestra in the summer of
1993 as a soloist in Toru Takemitsu’s From me flows what you call Time.
as a chamber musician, Ross has performed and recorded with such ensembles as
Chicago Pro Musica, Chamber Music Chicago, the Chicago Contemporary Chamber
Players, Summit Brass and the Vermeer Quartet. In 1995, he performed Bartók’s
Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion with Daniel Barenboim and András Schiff at
Orchestra Hall. He frequently participates in the Chicago Symphony’s Chamber
Music series as well as its contemporary music programs.
has given master classes at the clinics at the Percussive Arts Society
International Convention and classes at various universities across the
country. He coaches the Civic Orchestra’s percussion section and is on the
faculty of Northwestern University.
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