Praised by South Florida Classical Review for his “clarity and zest” as a violist, Ross DeBardelaben enjoys a varied career as a performer and teacher. Ross is principal second violin for Miami Lyric Opera and a member of the Miami Symphony viola section. Ross received his Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate in Viola Performance from Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, Purchase College (SUNY) Conservatory of Music, and the University of Miami respectively.
Ross’s principal teachers include Pamela McConnell, Jesse Levine, Maria Lambros, Philip Tietze, Kathryn Plummer, John Kochanowski, Joey Corpus, and Burton Kaplan. Additionally, Ross has played for masterclasses and lessons with Lawrence Dutton, Heidi Castleman, Victoria Chiang, Daniel Avshalomov, Kasuhide Isomura, Jeffrey Irvine, and Ralph Fielding among others. He studied at the Aspen Music Festival (CO), Encore School for Strings (OH), Portland String Quartet Workshop (MN), Sewanee Summer Music Center (TN), Garth Newel (VA), Magic Mountain Music Farm(NY), and the Latin American Violin Festival (Venezuela).