2019 Guest Clinician
Ross Gasworth, cellist
Cellist Ross Gasworth’s playing has been praised as “gorgeous” (Waco Tribune-Harold) and “warm and generous” (Orange County Register), having concertized and taught throughout the United States, as well as in Asia and Europe. He has performed chamber music alongside principal players from the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Ross was selected by Michael Tilson-Thomas to perform as Principal Cellist of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, and at Google’s annual Zeitgeist festival in London, England. He has also performed in notable chamber music series such as The Music Guild in Los Angeles, Art of Élan, Ottawa ChamberFest, Salastina Music Society, and many others.
Ross has performed as a soloist with the California Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Symphony, Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony, Michigan Youth Arts Festival Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra, and the UCI Symphony. As an orchestral musician, Ross has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Houston Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, New World Symphony, Artosphere Festival Orchestra, and as principal cellist with the Waco Symphony and Miami Symphony. Major festival appearances include the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and Pacific Music Festival. Ross has played in studio recording sessions for major motion pictures at Sony Picture Studios, FOX Studios, and Warner Brothers Studios, as well as albums at Capitol Records for recording artists such as Barbra Streisand, Michael Bublé, and Herb Alpert. He has performed at iconic venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, The Ho Chi Minh Opera House, The Hollywood Bowl, The Sydney Opera House, and Paris’ Radio France Concert Hall.
Since 2012, Ross has been a member of the award-winning Trio Céleste, Ensemble-in-Residence at the Claire Trevor school of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine, where the Trio directs the Summer Festival for Chamber Music as well. Trio Céleste is also the permanent Ensemble-in-Residence at Chamber Music | OC. Ross is also co-director of the Summer Chamber Music Camp at the David Adler Music and Arts Center in Libertyville, IL.
A committed educator, Ross has been a teaching assistant at the University of North Texas, University of Illinois, and Cleveland Institute of Music. As one of the directors of Chamber Music | OC, Ross teaches Dalcroze Eurhythmics in the Chamber Music | OC Young Artist Program workshops. Additionally, he has taught cello, chamber music, and Eurhythmics at the Kneisel Hall Young Musician’s Program, the Idyllwild Arts Academy, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Young Strings Program, the SDSU String Academy, the Chamber Music | OC Young Artist Program, and the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA).
Ross began playing the cello at age three. He earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Richard Aaron and Stephen Geber. Other past teachers include Eugene Osadchy at the University of North Texas, and Michel Strauss at the Paris Conservatoire.
Ross performs on a 2005 cello by William Whedbee.
"Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend. "
- Ludwig van Beethoven, quoted by Bettina von Arnin, letter to Goethe, 1810