Acclaimed Violinist Ross Monroe Winter Joins School of Music Faculty

Posted: November 25, 2013 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: November 27, 2013 at 6:50 am

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By Catherine Probst

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Ross Winter. Photo courtesy of Ross Winter

Ross Monroe Winter, renowned violinist, has joined George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts as an adjunct professor teaching applied violin in the School of Music. His career spans multiple genres in the orchestral, chamber music and solo fields, as well as work in film and television.

“It is a great honor and privilege to welcome Professor Winter to our School of Music,” says Dennis Layendecker, director of the School of Music and University Heritage Chair in Music. “With his extensive background and performance experience, I am confident that Ross will be a valuable asset to both the students and faculty in the School of Music.”

Currently, Winter is a member of the Richmond Symphony and is a substitute with the National and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras. He has previously been a member of or performed with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic, and the orchestras of Rhode Island, Albany, Roanoke, New Bedford and South Florida.

Winter is also on the violin faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University and teaches violin and chamber music at the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy, and is senior artist/teacher of violin at George Mason’s Potomac Arts Academy. Previously he taught at the Chamber Music Workshop in Lexington, Mass., New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School and “Festival Youth Orchestra” Summer Institute, and has been an instructor of violin at Purchase College in New York. He also maintains a private studio.

“I am very excited to be joining Mason’s School of Music as a professor of violin and having the opportunity to work with the outstanding and talented students and faculty,” says Winter. “I look forward to the responsibilities of continuing the mission of the school in producing the well-rounded and exceptional 21st-century working musician.”

Devoted to chamber music, he is a founding member of the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble, which is the ensemble-in-residence at both WCVE Public Radio and formerly at the Lake George Music Festival. He is frequently heard in recital, as a guest with numerous ensembles, and in the summers as a member of the Wintergreen Chamber Players. He has performed at the festivals of Aspen, Santo Domingo, Todi, Maastricht, Virginia Arts, and Music at Penn’s Woods.

His most notable student has been Robert Downey Jr. for the Warner Bros. film “Sherlock Holmes” while also playing the principal role of violinist. Other tastes of Hollywood include roles as a featured performer in “Sex and the City 2”; Taylor Swift’s NBC Thanksgiving Special; HBO’s miniseries “Mildred Pierce”; and Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.” He also spent time working on USA Network’s series “Royal Pains” as an advisor and tutoring guest star Sami Gayle for the episode “A History of Violins.”

Winter holds BM and MM degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Boston Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Malcolm Lowe, and from the State University of New York Purchase Conservatory where he was a graduate assistant to Laurie Smukler. Other principal teachers include Sylvia Rosenberg, Kurt Sassmannshaus and Philip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet.

Write to Colleen Kearney Rich at ckearney@gmu.edu

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