Flutist and Educator
Newly appointed Second Flute and Piccolo of the Albany Symphony, Matthew Ross has been described as “a fantastic player who clearly communicates some exceptional ideas.” Prior to his appointment in Albany, he was a member of The Orchestra Now, a pre-professional orchestra in residence at the Fisher Center at Bard College. He has won prizes in many competitions across the United States, including the New York Flute Club, Mid-South Flute Society, and Texas Flute Society (Myrna Brown memorial) competitions, to name a few.
Matthew was raised on Long Island, NY, and began his flute studies at age 15 with Lauren Ausubel. A year later, he began at the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division where he studied with Bradley Garner. Upon graduation from the Juilliard School, Matthew was awarded a “Certificate of Exceptional Achievement,” reserved for the most proficient players in each graduating class. He then continued his studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with Randy Bowman and Heather Verbeck, along with Dr. Garner, under a full-tuition scholarship for both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees. During his time there, he was named a winner of the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition, beginning a relationship with the Yamaha Corporation that continues today. Also while in Cincinnati, Matthew regularly freelanced with the Cincinnati Opera Orchestra, Queen City Chamber Opera, Muncie Symphony, and Kentucky Symphony.
As a teacher, Matthew has given master classes at numerous universities and flute festivals throughout the East Coast and Mid-West. He has served as a faculty member of the Oyster Bay Music Festival, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division, and the Bard College Preparatory Division Summer Music Festival. Matthew’s teaching largely focuses on efficiency in all aspects of playing, drawing on his experience with, and examination of, singers (for sound production) and pianists (for practice strategies and finger technique). Lessons often delve into the “why” behind musical ideas and interpretations. Harmony and form are discussed and sifted through to find a clear, logical, and beautiful take on a piece of music. As described of Matthew’s playing, “the music’s brilliance lies in its simplicity.”
Matthew plays on a 14k flute by Yamaha and a headjoint by Tobias Mancke.