The Music of Eric Ross


           Eric Ross (b. Pennsylvania, USA) premiered his Concerto for Orchestra and Theremin (Op.28) at Lincoln Center in New York, and in 1982 released his acclaimed first solo album, Songs for Synthsized Soprano. He has performed concerts of his original compositions at the Kennedy Center, the Newport, Berlin, Montreux, and North Sea Jazz Festivals, the Copenhagen New Music Festival, Prague Unijazz Alternativa Festival, Brussels Palais des Beaux Arts, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and the Los Angeles Redcat Center, among many others worldwide.

           Accompanied by the works of his wife, Mary Ross, Mr. Ross presents multi-media concerts of video, film, computer art, dance and music. His recent projects have involved the Ultimedia Concept Program at UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Residenz Palace, Wurzburg; Bauhaus, Dessau; Casada Musica, Portugal; and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain.

           Eric Ross began playing the Theremin in 1975, performing on radio, film and television. He has written an Overture for 14 Theremins and an Electronic Opera for the Theremin. He played on the World Premiere of Percy Grainger's Free Music No. 1 in New York City, and was guest artist on Aqi Fzono's Cosmology - the No. 1 Best Selling CD in Japan. For over twenty five years, he has led his ensemble which has featured jazz greats John Abercrombie, Larry Coryell, Andrew Cyrille, Oliver Lake, Leroy Jenkins, new music virtuosos Robert Dick, Lydia Kavina, Youseff Yancy and many others. He has also played with blues legends Champion Jack Dupree, Lonnie Brooks, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, and appeared with B.B. King on Danish RTV.

           Mr. Ross was a personal friend of Theremin virtuoso Clara Rockmore, the inventor Robert Moog, and in 1991 met and played for Professor Lev Termen. He has drawn inspiration from these artists to continue developing the Theremin as a voice in his own compositions. He was Master Teacher at the First International Theremin Festival and is considered to be the foremost authority on Frederick W. Riesberg, Franz Liszt's last pupil. As a teacher, he has lectured on his works for the Theremin, piano, guitar, and contemporary electronic music at colleges, universities and schools throughout the United States and Europe.