Composers
Conference
at Wellesley College

Christopher Gross

Cello

Following Christopher Gross’ performance of Brian Ferneyhough’s Time and Motion Study II for solo cello at the Lincoln Center Festival, the New York Times wrote: “…for 20 minutes this skinny young cellist with a punkish hair cut seemed like a musical master of the universe…” As an active freelance performer of contemporary music in New York City, Mr. Gross has premiered works by composers as diverse as Pierre Boulez, Milton Babbitt, Olga Neuwirth, and Anthony Cheung. He is a founding member of the Talea Ensemble, whose recording of works by Fausto Romitelli on the Tzadik label was named one of 2012′s Top 10 Classical releases by Time Out New York. The ensemble was also featured at the 2012 Darmstadt International Festival and the 2012 Harvard Summer Composition Institute. He was also a founding member of the iO Quartet, Quartet-in-Residence at SUNY Purchase from 2006-2008, recipients of the 2008 Chamber Music America Commissioning Grant and prize-winners at Chamber Music Yellow Springs. In 2006 he premiered Milton Babbitt’s More Melismata for solo cello. In his work as an educator Mr. Gross teaches at Lehigh University and is on the Teaching Artist faculty of The New York Philharmonic. He is also a certified Suzuki Instructor and has had articles published in the Journal of the Suzuki Association of America. He holds degrees from Juilliard and Oberlin College, and is currently a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at Juilliard in New York.