Abraham Ross


Abraham Ross enjoys an active career as a concert organist, harpsichordist, and director, presenting imaginative programs informed by the most recent research on performance practice, technology, and musicological context. His background and research interests have led him to detailed studies of American organ music in the 19th century, particularly the music of the Second New England School and Charles Ives.

A recent graduate of McGill University, he received a grant from the Fonds de Recherche du Québec for his doctoral research on contrapuntal organ improvisation and arrangement practices in early modern Italy. In addition to solo concerts throughout North America, Ross recently appeared in ensembles such as Musica Angelica (Los Angeles), the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, and Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra.

Drawing on findings in historical sources as well as modern-day findings in performance science, his repertory ranges from the earliest written sources to music by living composers. His recital programming reflects his commitment to diversifying the canon of western repertory and regularly features works of neglected and underrepresented composers. Furthermore, regular collaborations with living composers enable him to give several national or world premieres each year.

Ross' formative musical studies took place in his hometown of Bangor, Maine on an 1860 organ by American firm E. & G. G. Hook, an experience that inspired him to take up musicological studies and organ performance as a career. He now serves on the board of St. John’s Organ Society, an organization dedicated to the preservation of that instrument.