Charles Ross


Born 1965

British composer, resident in the East of Iceland since 1986.

Studied B.A. (later M.phil) in Dartington - learnt composition and ethnomusicology with Frank Denyer and briefly with Morton Feldman.

Involved in Icelandic experimental music scene: composition, improv, folk and contemporary performance - taught world music in the Icelandic Academy of Arts – “artist-in-residence” Egilsstadir 2007-2008 - hosted “Eidar Sonic Arts Project” involving international contemporary musicians in collaborative series of thematically-linked concerts. Musical director of the contempory music ensemble “Stelkur”

With the band “Stelkur”, has performed three times in Myrkir músíkdagar, Reykjavík. Once in Glasgow City halls. Has lectured in Listaháskoli Ísland, University of Glasgow and Dartington College of Arts.Taught world music course at LHÍ for three years, taught and directed Contemporary Music ensemble of University of Glasgow who performed in the University of Glasgow and Glasgow City Halls. Has performed as an improviser with electric guitarists Fred Frith, Steven O´Malley and with Ilan Volkov´s improv band, “Mines”, also with Glasgow based improv ensembles “With Lumps” and the “Glasgow Improviser‘s Orchestra”.

Has been an active participant in three “Tectonics” New music festivals in Reykjavik and Glasgow as a Composer, performer, director and “American experimental music” expert. Closer to home, has directed, performed and composed for several plays performed by Leikfélag Egilsstaðir.

Currently holds a Ph.D in music composition from University of Glasgow. Has had works performed by members of the Icelandic Symphony orchestra and the BBC Scottish orchestra. Works have been broadcasted on RUV and BBC radio 3. Charles is a member of the Association of Icelandic Composers