|Occupation||Composer, Performer, Teacher|
|Categories||Blues, Classical, Contemporary, Jazz, Neoclassical, Electroacoustic Music|
Clark Winslow Ross is a Juno-nominated Canadian composer and professor of composition whose works have been performed in England, Ireland, Israel, Japan, the United States, and across Canada by some of Canada's finest musicians, ensembles, and orchestras, including the guitarist Daniel Bolshoy, who has performed Ross's "McGillicuddy's Rant" over 70 times in North America and elsewhere, and who released a CD of the same name in 2008. More recently (spring, 2010), Ross's "Last Dance" was released on a Centrediscs CD by pianist Barbara Pritchard called "Piano Atlantica," and this has been nominated for a 2011 Juno award as "Classical Composition of the Year." A soon-to-be-released CD by pianist Kristina Szutor, Après Scarlatti, will include two newly-composed Clark Ross works ("Domenico Daybreak," and "Domenico Nightfall"), and a recent release (2011) by Canadian guitarist Sylvie Proulx, "Sirocco," also contains her rendition of "McGillicuddy's Rant." Cellist Vernon Regehr has recorded "Lamentations" (for solo cello) for an upcoming CD release.
Ross was Visiting Composer at Wheaton College, Illinois (2007), Composer-in-Residence at Ireland's Waterford New Music Week (2003), and has won Young Composer's Awards in national competitions by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also received over 25 commission grants from various funding agencies, including the Canada Council, the CBC, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council. Clark is the founder and Artistic Director of the Newfound Music Festival, held every February in St. John's, and was a founding member and later President of Continuum, the Toronto-based new-music group. He has served on the national executive of the Canadian League of Composers, and on the national boards of the Canadian Music Centre and Canadian New Music Network.
Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Clark was raised there and in Caracas (Venezuela), Lima (Peru), Lennoxville (Quebec), New York City, Fort Lee (New Jersey), Brussels (Belgium), and Toronto, where he attended university and later taught at the Royal Conservatory of Music and McMaster University. Upon receiving a Mus.Doc. (composition) degree from the University of Toronto in 1992, he began working at Memorial University's School of Music, where he started the classical guitar programme and is currently an Associate Professor, teaching composition, orchestration, theory, and electronic music. He was awarded Memorial University's President's Award for Outstanding Research (1999) in recognition of his extensive compositional activities .
<br>He is married to Dr. Jennifer Porter (professor of Religious Studies, Memorial University), and has three children (Alexander, (b. 2004), Andrew (b. 2001), and Julia (b. 1990). His interests outside of family and music include baseball, cats, cooking, ethnic food, reading, writing short stories, and invigorating jumping dances.
Clark Ross can be contacted through his website.