Ross Mann is an award winning classical guitarist, chamber musician and educator whose performances and recordings feature a broad range of music including contemporary compositions, early music and traditional guitar music from the world over. In concert, via recordings, or through his publications and teaching, Ross offers an engaging array of works while offering insights and commentary on their backgrounds and origins.
Ross began studying the guitar as a boy in Atlanta and quickly embraced the entire range of the repertoire, from Baroque lute dances and Spanish romantics to contemporary compositions and traditional genres. Now based in Philadelphia and a dynamic soloist and chamber musician, his concert programs often span several centuries and many continents, including both ancient dances and Romantic masterworks alongside works in contemporary, popular and traditional styles from around the world.
Ross strives to present engaging array of works while offering informal insights on their backgrounds and origins with audiences. An award winning performer, competition awards include the first prize for guitar in the National Federation of Music Clubs and American String Teachers Association's solo competitions. A graduate of Georgia State University and the Cleveland Institute of Music (MM, 2000), Ross has studied with some of the finest teachers in the world; including John Sutherland, John Holmquist, and Angelo Gilardino and has performed in masterclasses for many notable performers, including Paul Galbraith, Sharon Isbin, Christopher Parkening, and Eduardo Fernandez.
Recent recital appearances include performances at Penn State University - Abington, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, University of Texas - Pan American as well as programs for the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society and music festivals across the country. In addition to participating in many new music programs and world premiere performances, he has also performed the works of and studied with several notable contemporary composers, including Samuel Adler and Roland Dyens and is committed to both exploring and exposing both new and rarely performed literature.
Ross is also an avid chamber musician, frequently performing in chamber ensembles, preparing transcriptions and realizations of music from ancient to modern times. Recent collaborations include recitals with Soprano, Flute and Violin as well as partipcation in larger ensembes including a nuevo flamenco dance troupe, Duende Musical, and serving as director of a community ensemble, the Philadelphia classical guitar orchestra.Ross also maintains a teaching studio for students of all ages and backgrounds and serves on the faculty of several institutions in the greater Philadelphia region in addition to his performance schedule.