Courtroom Concert Program Details
November 20, 2014, Noon
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center
Ruth Marshall, cello • Garret Ross, piano
Frédéric Chopin – Polonaise-Fantasy, Op. 61
Ludwig van Beethoven – 12 Variations on ‘See the conqu’ring hero comes’, WoO 45
György Ligeti – Sonata for Solo Cello
Robert Schumann – Fantasiestücke, Op. 73
In 2011, pianist Garret Ross and cellist Ruth Marshall gave their first performance as a duo. Since then, their collaboration has grown and thrived. In 2011, they had a residency at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, where they studied the Beethoven Sonatas for Cello and Piano with Colin Carr and Thomas Sauer. In 2012, they were residents at the Aldeburgh Festival in Suffolk, England, studying the music of Brahms and Schumann with the chamber music guru Menahem Pressler. In 2013, they made their debut on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series at the Cultural Center in Chicago, IL, which was broadcast live on WFMT. The Artu Duo is the ensemble-in-residence at the Annual Chamber Music Festival of Houston MN.
A Seattle native, cellist Ruth Marshall has developed a diverse career as a pedagogue, orchestral player, and chamber musician in the Midwest. Ruth teaches over 30 cello students in her home-base city of Indianapolis, and is on the faculties of the Butler University Community Arts School in Indianapolis, and the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago. She is Principal Cello of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra in Springfield, IL, and is a frequent substitute player with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Columbus (OH) Symphony Orchestra. Ruth recently became the cellist for the Chicago-based Ursa Ensemble, which presents chamber music concerts to audiences in collaboration with artists from different disciplines. She holds degrees from the University of Washington and DePaul University. In August 2014, Ruth joined the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, OR, as the newest member of their cello section.
Pianist Garret Ross enjoys an active career as a soloist and chamber musician. This year, he performed alongside cellist Ruth Marshall for the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series at the Chicago Cultural Center and also started The Annual Chamber Music Series in Houston, Minnesota. Ross has also recently performed in various venues in NYC, including Steinway Hall and Loewe Theater. In the 2011-2012 season, Ross performed Rachmaninoff’s First Concerto with the Bethel University Philharmonic Orchestra, was soloist for the world premiere of Gregory Vajda’s Csardas Obstine for Piano and Orchestra at the Music in the Mountains and Round Top Festivals, and was a winner in the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition. Ross has performed and studied at the Aldeburgh Festival, Banff Centre, International Keyboard Institute and Festival, International Festival-Institute at Round Top, AmerKlavier Institute at Steinway Hall, and PianoSummer at New Paltz.
Currently, Ross studies with Eteri Andjaparidze at NYU’s Steinhardt School where he also serves as adjunct faculty in piano. He completed his Master of Music degree at the University of Minnesota with Alexander Braginsky. In 2008, Ross graduated from Bethel University in Saint Paul, MN with a BMus in Performance where he won first prizes in the Solo and Concerto Competitions.