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Charles Ross
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra - United States


Charles Ross has been the Principal Timpanist of the Rochester Philharmonic since 2003. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, he has performed as timpanist with many orchestras in the U.S. and abroad; among them include the Philadelphia Orchestra, La Scala Opera, Baltimore Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, RAI (Radio Orchestra) of Torino, (Italy), Chatauqua Festival Orchestra, and the Moscow and Philadelphia Chamber Orchestras.

Charles is on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music and the Brevard Music Center. He has also taught at the Curtis Institute of Music, Drexel University, and has given clinics and master classes for the Percussive Arts Society. His primary teachers have been Ken Belding, David Fein, Gerald Carlyss, Michael Bookspan, and Fred Hinger, as well as additional studies with Cloyd Duff, Saul Goodman, and Alan Abel.

In January, 2010, Charles gave his debut as timpani soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic, premiering a concerto written for him by Grammy award winning composer, producer, and conductor, Jeff Tyzik. Since then, he has given repeat performances of the concerto with the Philharmonic; including one for public radio. And in December of 2013, he will perform the premier of the wind ensemble orchestration of the piece with the Rutgers University Wind Ensemble.

An accomplished jazz vibraphonist, Charles has performed a number of times as vibe soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic. As well, he actively performs in collaboration with fellow Eastman Faculty member, vibraphonist Howard Potter, as the “Mallet Time Duo”.

Charles is also the creator and manufacturer of RossTimp Kettledrum Mallets; currently used by professionals and students throughout the world. He is an affiliate artist and clinician with the Pearl/Adams Corporation, Evans/Daddario, and JG Percussion.

 "Charles Ross...A Stunning Timpanist." 
 ...Gil French; American Record Guide/Classical Producer WXXI-FM
"Ross' performance of (Jeff) Tyzik's concerto spanned from the delicate to the powerful; all played with a wizard's precision."
...Democrat and Chronicle; Rochester, NY


Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Eastman School of Music

Brevard Music Center 

Equipment Configuration

Adams PHDC Philharmonic Dresden Classic
Adams PLCD Philharmonic Light