Jennifer Ross

Principal Second Violin
G. Christian Lantzsch and Duquesne Light Company Chair
Jennifer Ross joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as principal second violin in 1998. She began her orchestral career at the age of 19 as associate concertmaster of the Honolulu Symphony, and went on to spend five years as a member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony, l'Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal and the Detroit Symphony, and spent three years as concertmaster of the Vermont Symphony.

An active chamber musician, Ross has performed throughout Europe and North American and has collaborated with many of the world's great artists including Pinchas Zuckerman, Lynn Harrell and Jaime Laredo.  For more than 30 years, she has spent summers at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, Wyoming. 

As a much sought-after teacher, Ross coaches regularly at the National Orchestra Institute in Maryland, The New World Symphony in Miami and the University of Michigan. During her sabbatical in 2009, she was a full-time faculty member at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. In 2012, she served on the jury of the prestigious Sphinx Competition for Black and Latino String Players and is on the 2014 faculty of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, created by the Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall in New York.

A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Ross studied with Szymon Goldberg, former concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic. While at Curtis, she held the position of concertmaster of the Curtis Orchestra under Max Rudolf. Her other primary teachers include Louis Krasner, Felix Galimir and Zvi Zeitlin.   

Ross is an avid runner, having completed 13 marathons including Boston. She has encountered every species of wildlife on her solo trail runs in the mountains of Wyoming, and is also a certified yoga instructor.