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Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall
50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Symphonic Variations

Second Essay for Orchestra

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68


SFCM Orchestra
James Ross, conductor

Artist Profile

James Ross is Music Director of the Orquesta Simfonica del Valles in Catalonia, Spain, Orchestra Director of Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra USA, and has taught at Juilliard since 2011. He served for 16 years as director of orchestral activities and professor of conducting at the University of Maryland, College Park and for 10 years as Artistic Director of the National Orchestral Institute. He has conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Les Arts Florissants, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Glyndebourne Festival, and the National Symphony Orchestra. He is internationally recognized for his work advancing the future of orchestras through cross-genre collaborations. His early tenure as solo horn of the Leipzig Gewandhaus remains central to his sense of artistic mission.

Ross earned a BA from Harvard, Masters Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, and a Masters Diploma from the Berlin Akademie of the Arts. He spent five summers studying at the Tanglewood Music Institute in various capacities. His primary conducting teachers were Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, Otto-Werner Mueller, and Leonard Bernstein. He has also been deeply influenced by Hermann Baumann, Froydis Ree Wekre, Charles Rosen, and Leon Kirchner.

Ross is a native of Boston, a lover of all things Spanish, a committed questioner of concert rituals, a man who likes to move, and a firm believer in the creative impact of classical music on the lives of those it touches.