Ross Monroe Winter, violin
Violinist Ross Monroe Winter’s career spans four continents and multiple genres as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, as well as work in film and television.
Currently a member of the Richmond Symphony (VA), the IRIS Orchestra (TN), and principal second violin of the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra, he served for two seasons as interim Associate Concertmaster of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (IA/IL) often leading the orchestra as concertmaster in masterworks, pops, and educational programs. He has previously been a core member of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Boston Philharmonic, and has been a regular substitute with the National (Washington, DC), Milwaukee, Baltimore, Alabama, and New Jersey Symphony Orchestras. Frequently performing as a guest concertmaster, he has filled that role often with the Des Moines Metro Opera, Dubuque Symphony, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, and La Crosse Symphony orchestras. In the current season, has performed with the violin sections of the Sarasota Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, and The Florida Orchestra.
A devoted teacher, he joined the string faculty at the University of Central Florida’s School of Performing Arts in Orlando as a professor of violin in August of 2019. During the summers, he teaches violin and chamber music at the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy where he has also served as Academy Director. Previously he has been on the string faculties of the University of Northern Iowa, George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Richmond, and New England Conservatory Preparatory School.
Dr. Winter holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Boston Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Malcolm Lowe, from the State University of New York Purchase College-Conservatory of Music with Laurie Smukler as a graduate assistant, and completed his doctoral studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC with Jody Gatwood.