Charles Ross, Principal Timpanist of the Rochester Philharmonic

Charles Ross
Principal Timpanist of the Rochester Philharmonic


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. An accomplished jazz vibraphonist, Charles has performed a number of times as vibe soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic. In January, 2010, he gave his debut as timpani soloist with the Philharmonic, premiering a concerto written for him by Grammy award winning composer, producer, and conductor, Jeff Tyzik.  Mr. Ross uses the David Herbert SIGNATURE series timpani mallets.

"The David Herbert Signature Timpani mallets, made by JGpercussion, are absolutely terrific. As my students can attest, I'm always a stickler for their using a mallet that "interacts" properly with the vibration of the head.  And each pair of the David Herbert Signature set achieves that interaction with flying colors. They are an integral part of my arsenal of mallets and I use them frequently.  High compliments to Jason and David!" - Charles Ross

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