Ross Harbaugh is Professor of Cello at the University of Miami, and cellist of the Bergonzi String Quartet. His distinguished teachers include Janos Starker and Leonard Rose in the United States and Andre Navarra at the Paris Conservatory, and chamber music study with the Juilliard Quartet.
As a founding member of the New World Quartet he won the Naumburg Prize, a Prix du Disque, and recorded 20 records and CD’s for Vox, MCI Classic and IMP Masters, CRI, Centaur, Fleur de Son, and Musical Heritage labels. Performing throughout Europe and the United States, he has appeared in concerts at the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, and Wigmore Hall in London, and has concertized with such artists as Leonard Rose, Bill Preucil, Richard Goode, Jeffrey Kahane, Raphael Hillyer, Joel Krosnick, Jerome Rose, Gil Kalish, and the Guarneri Quartet.
He has soloed with the Atlanta Symphony, Cincinnati and Toledo Symphonies, among many others, and appears nationally in recital each year. He was Principal Cellist of the Grand Rapids and Toledo Symphonies, and has performed under direction of Erich Leinsdorf and Max Rudolf. In the pop world, he has appeared on recordings with Michael Jackson and Busta Rhymes. His teaching experience includes stints at Harvard University, University of Michigan, and Interlochen, with master classes at Yale and Brown Universities.
Mr. Harbaugh presents workshops in ensemble communication, Tai Chi for Cello, and gives cello workshops throughout the country at such venues as the 7th American Cello Congress Tempe and the ASTA National Conventions. He has authored numerous articles for American String Teacher, The Strad, and appears regularly on National Public Radio. He has served as a judge for the Fischoff Chamber music Competition and the Stulberg Competition, and the Fulbright Competition for Graduate Study Abroad. He has performed and taught in numerous summer festivals including Cabrillo, Interlochen, Madeline Island, Pine Mountain, Hamden-Sydney, and the Margess Institute in Switzerland. For the last four summers he has been teaching and performing at the ORFEO Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy.