Dynamic leader of the Minnesota Orchestra cello section since 1991, prize-winning cellist Anthony Ross has appeared as soloist many times with the Minnesota Orchestra, performing all the standard cello concertos under Osmo Vänskä, Edo de Waart and Eiji Oue. Equally passionate about new music, he has given powerful performances of James MacMillan’s Cello Concerto, Paul Moravec’s Montserrat, and he and his wife, Beth Rapier, have championed David Ott’s Concerto for Two Cellos. Prior to assuming the principal role in Minnesota, Tony performed as principal cello of the Rochester Philharmonic under David Zinman.
Tony has taught at the Eastman School of Music and on the faculties of the Aspen and Grand Tetons Music Festivals, and at the Interlochen and Madeline Island Music camps. His many festival appearances include performances at the Mostly Mozart Festival, Music in the Vineyards, the Colorado Music Festival, the Rhodes Music Festival in Greece, the Cactus Pear Music Festival in San Antonio and the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society in Madison.
Winner of the prestigious bronze medal at the 1982 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Tony went on to gain the Stulgerg Award, the G.B. Dealy Award, and a prize in the Parisot International Cello Competition. Tony was awarded a McKnight Artist Fellowship, once as soloist, and again in 2005 as part of the Ross Rapier Cello Duo. A graduate of Indiana University, where he studied with Fritz Magg, he earned another degree at the State University of New York, studying with Bernard Greenhouse and Timothy Eddy.
Tonys’ recordings include Bernstein’s “Three Meditations from the Mass” with the Minnesota Orchestra under Eiji Oue on Reference Recordings, the George Lloyd Cello Concerto with the Albany Symphony under David Alan Miller on Albany Records, and the Sonatas of Rachmaninoff and Elliott Carter for Boston Records.
Anthony Ross is a proud parent of an aspiring ballerina and a trumpet-playing son, and is also an avid sailor, tennis player, and cook. His Basset Hound and Newfoundland dog oversee his home life.