Scott Ross

Biography

Born: March 1, 1951; Pittsburgh, PA   Died: June 14, 1989; Assas, France  
Scott Ross was an American harpsichordist who was both popular and renowned for his brilliant technique and insightful interpretations. He recorded the complete works of Scarlatti, Rameau, and Couperin, three composers, along with J.S. Bach, whose music he became identified with over his brief career. Ross was also a highly respected harpsichord teacher in Canada and France.

Ross's father died in 1956, about the time young Scott began
Read more showing strong interest in music. The following year, he began studies on organ and piano. In 1964, at age 13, he moved to France with his mother and brother (who together would later move back to the U.S.) and the next year enrolled at the Nice Conservatory, where he studied under Huguette Grémy-Chauliac (harpsichord) and René Saorgin (organ). He left in 1968, receiving first prize at his graduation recital. While his studies had included organ, the instrument he strongly favored in his early years in France, he began focusing on the harpsichord toward the later 1960s. He failed to win the international harpsichord competition in Bruges in 1969, but re-entered two years later and was awarded first prize. That year, he finished studies at the Paris Conservatory, where he had been receiving instruction in harpsichord since 1969 from Robert Veyron-Lacroix. In 1970, Ross' mother committed suicide, dealing a harsh blow to the young artist. He rebounded from this "foul" time (as he would refer to this period in an interview in the French magazine Diapason) with his first recording, made in 1971 by the early music label Editions STIL. The album contained works by Bach and was appropriately entitled Monsieur Bach. Ross also took classes that year at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp from Kenneth Gilbert. Two years later, he joined the faculty at the Laval University School of Music in Quebec, becoming assistant professor there in 1978. In 1975, Ross' recording of Rameau's Pièces de Clavecin was issued to generally positive notices and even received a grand prix du disque award the following year. His next major recording was the complete Pièces de Clavecin by Couperin, for which he again received high praise. In 1983, he requested a leave of absence from his teaching post in Quebec. The following year, he signed a five-year contract with the French label Erato. His first project for the company was the most ambitious of his career, the 555 sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti. He began the venture in June 1984 and finished it in September 1985, a 15-month span during which he recorded two sonatas each day he entered the studio. The entire set was packaged on 34 compact discs. While Ross' reputation rests on many concert appearances and his other recordings, this massive effort was probably his greatest legacy. In 1986, several more recordings by Ross were issued containing works by Bach, Soler, and Forqueray. That same year, he resigned from Laval University. Ross' health began to seriously decline in 1988 with the first of several visits to Lapeyronie Hospital in Montpellier. He died in Assas, at the age of 38. Read less
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  • 1.
    Scarlatti: Complete Keyboard Sonatas / Scott Ross
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 629945 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 34
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti
    Performer:  Scott Ross,  Michel Henry,  Christophe Coin,  Monica Huggett  ... 
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    Erato - 50 CD Collection
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 46441 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Pierre Pierlot,  Paul Hongne,  Jacques Chambon  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jean-François Paillard,  Frigyes Sándor,  Kent Nagano  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.,  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Soloists  ... 
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    Handel: Water Music - Masterpieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564651683 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Lowell Mason,  Anonymous
    Performer:  Richard [Tenor Vocal] Morton,  Felicity Palmer,  John Angelo Messana,  Felicity Lott  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Jean-François Paillard,  Raymond Leppard,  Hugh Wolff  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Les Musiciens du Louvre
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    The Complete Bach Edition
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 664202 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 154
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Max van Egmond,  Kurt Equiluz,  Paul Esswood,  Walter Gampert  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Ton Koopman,  Jaap Schröder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Chorus Viennensis,  Vienna Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 5.
    Scott Ross, Playing & Teaching - A Film By Jacques Renard
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 9909031 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  François Couperin,  Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Performer:  Scott Ross
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    Bach: Goldberg Variations / Scott Ross
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 4209722 Release Date: 12/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Scott Ross
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    J.s. Bach: Harpsichord Recital
    Label: Warner Brothers   Catalog: 4697091 Release Date: 12/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Scott Ross
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    Handel: Organ Concertos; Harpsichord Suites
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4695500 Release Date: 02/17/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Ton Koopman,  Ricardo Kanji,  Reine-Marie Verhagen,  Monica Huggett  ... 
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
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    The Handel Experience / Scimone, Koopman, Leppard, Gardiner, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 511586 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Lowell Mason
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Ton Koopman,  Felicity Palmer,  Ryland Davies  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard,  Marc Minkowski,  William Christie,  Ton Koopman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Les Arts Florissants  ... 
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    Handel - The Ultimate Collection
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 18502 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Paul Elliott,  Marie-Claire Alain,  Lily Laskine,  Marilyn Horne  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard,  Ton Koopman,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Claudio Scimone  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  The Sixteen,  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra  ... 
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    Scarlatti: The Keyboard Sonatas / Scott Ross
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 62092 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 34
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti
    Performer:  Scott Ross,  Monica Huggett,  Christophe Coin,  Marc Vallon  ... 
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  • 12.
    Bach 2000 Vol 114 - Italian Concerto, Etc / Scott Ross
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 81267 Release Date: 10/02/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Scott Ross
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    Bach: Italian Concerto, Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue, Etc / Scott Ross
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 3892242 Release Date: 06/25/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Scott Ross
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    Soler: Fandango, 9 Sonatas / Scott Ross
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 45435 Release Date: 05/01/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Soler
    Performer:  Scott Ross
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    Anthologie - Scarlatti: 56 Sonatas / Scott Ross
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 45422 Release Date: 04/28/1992   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti
    Performer:  Scott Ross
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    Scarlatti: Best Sonatas / Scott Ross
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 45423 Release Date: 10/11/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti
    Performer:  Scott Ross
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