Matthew Ross

Flute

Hometown: Smithtown, NY
Alma maters: University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, B.M., M.M.; The Juilliard School, Pre-College Division
Awards/Competitions: 1st Place, 2015 Raleigh Area Flute Association Young Artist Competition; 1st Place, 2014 Mid-South Flute Society Young Artist Competition; 1st Place, 2014 Houston Flute Club Byron Hester Memorial Competition; Winner, 2013 CCM Concerto Competition; 2nd Place, 2013 Texas Flute Society Myrna Brown Memorial Competition; 2nd Place, 2013 South Carolina Flute Society Young Artist Competition; Winner, 2012 Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition
Appearances: Civic Orchestra of Chicago, 2016–17; Queen City Chamber Opera, 2012–16; Muncie Symphony, 2014–16; Dayton Philharmonic, 2014–16; National Music Festival, Chestertown, MD, 2013–14
Instagram: @matt_ross93
Musical origins: I began playing when I was 14 years old. My sister had been playing flute in school and, honestly, she was awful! Watching her play, I couldn’t imagine it was that difficult, so I picked it up, found some method books, and started playing. A year later, I had my first lesson, and 9 months after that, I was accepted into Juilliard’s Pre-College Division. Thankfully, my sister stopped playing soon after, but she never lets me forget that she’s the reason I am where I am today!
What inspired you to audition for TŌN?: I heard about TŌN from Judy Mendenhall, a flutist in NYC who frequently coaches TŌN sectionals. We were discussing my career trajectory and what I hoped to accomplish in the future, and she told me about this “exciting new program” that ended up being TŌN. I think it’s the perfect place for emerging musicians to truly hone their craft.
Favorite piece to play: Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2
Favorite obscure piece: Jongen’s Concert à Cinq, Op. 71 (for flute, harp, and string trio)
Favorite musical memory: Premiering a piece by Glen Cortese called “…on further reflection” at the 2012 National Flute Association Convention in Las Vegas.
Favorite fact about your instrument: My flute is made of 14 karat rose gold, and was built to my specifications by Yamaha. My piccolo was made in 1971 for Jack Wellbaum, who played with the Cincinnati Symphony from 1950–1988. I was given this instrument shortly after his passing in 2011.
The thing most people don’t know about classical music is: It’s infinitely personal, and, from the surface, there’s no correct or incorrect interpretation of a piece. The untrained listener too often gets caught up in what they’re “supposed” to be hearing, but during a first listen, that doesn’t matter! It’s all about forming your own opinions, whatever they may be.
Favorite non-classical musician: Sia
Musical guilty pleasure: Bonnie McKee (although I truly feel no guilt about it)
What recording would you take to a deserted island: Maxim Vengerov playing the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Chicago Symphony
Favorite non-musical hobby or activity: Cooking, baking, eating…anything indulgent, really
Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Be a businessperson. As a musician, you are your company, and you need to present yourself as such. Being a musician means so much more than just being a good player!
Time travel destination: Mid 1990s. I really want to see the Spice Girls in concert.

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