Ross, Yaron

Yaron Ross. Pianist, teacher, b Tel-Aviv 28 Apr 1950, naturalized Canadian 1986; BA (Tel-Aviv) 1975, Artist Diploma (Tel-Aviv) 1977, D MUS (Montreal) 1994. Yaron Ross began piano lessons at three, and later pursued his studies with the Romanian pianist Mindru Katz at the University of Tel-Aviv, where he won competitions in chamber music (1975) and piano (1976). He then performed in Israel, in the US (making his Carnegie Hall debut in 1983), in Canada, and several times on European radio. He settled in Montreal in 1978, where he has given many concerts. He has performed repeatedly for CBC Radio. Although showing a marked preference for solo recitals, Ross has nevertheless performed with the McGill Chamber Orchestra on a few occasions, as well as with the St Lawrence String Quartet, and Rivka Golani. His repertoire ranges from Bach to Bartók, with particular emphasis on the lesser known works of the great composers. Although Ross does not focus on Canadian works he did record, for radio, Alexander Brott's Suite for Piano. Among his notable performances have been the complete Mozart piano sonatas given in Montreal in 1985; in 1994 he recorded, for CBC Radio, the complete Mendelssohn Songs without Words, and in 1996-7 Bach's Inventions and French Suites. In 1992 he participated in a CBC Radio recording of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier in memory of Glenn Gould. Ross's doctorate in performance was devoted to the Songs without Words. Ross has taught music at Concordia University since 1980; he also taught 1995-2001 at the University of Montreal.