Canadian violinist Dorothy Ro is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at the Juilliard School as a member of the acclaimed Verona Quartet. Previously, she studied at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with Alexander Kerr and the Pacifica Quartet. Ms. Ro is a graduate of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University (M.M) as a recipient of the Michael P. Hammond Prize where she studied with Paul Kantor, and the Cleveland Institute of Music (B.M) where she received the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Scholarship. At CIM, she worked with David and Linda Cerone as well as Mr. Kantor.
Her violin training began at age of five in Halifax, Nova Scotia, studying with her early mentors, Myung-Hae Yoon and Philippe Djokic. Previously, Ms. Ro was selected as one of nine semi-finalists to compete at the 2013 OSM Standard Life Competition in Montreal and also claimed second prize at the prestigious 2012 Eckhardt-Gramatte Competition. Other major accomplishments include receiving the Raymond Simpson Award from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, winning top prizes at the Canadian National Music Competition, and receiving the Debut Atlantic RBC Award for Musical Excellence. She won the CIM Chamber Music Award in 2012 and was also the 2008 recipient of the Dr. Jerome Gross Prize in Violin, awarded by the CIM violin faculty to the student demonstrating the greatest instrumental progress throughout the term. Ms. Ro began her orchestral career at a young age, acting as concertmaster of the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra for several years. She was also among ten other violinists chosen to participate in a concert at the Kimmel Center with Philadelphia Orchestra concertmaster, David Kim. As a fellowship student of the Aspen Music Festival and School, Ms. Ro has played in the Aspen Chamber Symphony under conductors such as Nicholas McGegan, Hugh Wolff, and Robert Spano. She was principal 2nd violin in the Citymusic Cleveland Orchestra from 2011-2013 and attended the New York String Orchestra Seminar under the direction of Jaime Laredo in 2012. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Ro has spent summers at the Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, collaborating with distinguished artists including Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, and Roger Tapping. In addition, she took part in the Perlman Sarasota Winter Residency in 2008. She has also participated at the Robert Mann Quartet Institute, the Advanced Quartet Studies Seminar at the Aspen Music Festival and School, and the Montreal International String Quartet Academy.
As a member of the Verona Quartet, she is a winner of the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Elmaleh Competition along winning top prizes at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition and the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Her quartet will be making their Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall debut this coming May.
This performance marks Dorothy Ro's La Jolla Music Society debut.