Charles Ross C.V.

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 composition briefly with Morton Feldman.

Has had works performed in Britain, Iceland, The United States, Germany and Israel.

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 in Myrkir músíkdagar Reykjavík and Glasgow. Has lectured in Listaháskoli Ísland, University of Glasgow and Dartington College of Arts.Taught world music course at the Icelandic Academy of Arts (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 Fred Frith, Katherine Wren, 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, Köln, Tel-Aviv and Glasgow as a Composer, performer, director and American experimental music expert. Has also directed, performed and composed for several plays performed by dramatic groups in the East of Iceland.

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.
Post doctoral reseach includes “Art-Brut”- fictional pastiche as modern composition and developing performance- composition as an art form.

Secondary Education

B.A. Hons, Music. (2,i). July 1986. Dartington College of Arts.

Advanced Certificate: Viola. March 2000. Associated Board.

M.Phil, Music. “Non-Linear Music: Impressions of Chaos” July 2006. Plymouth University.

Multidisciplinary research into environmental complexity and it´s possible significance in the music of several animistic cultures. The M.Phil was presented both as a written thesis and as a paradigm of investigative musical compositions.
PhD in music (Composition). “ “...And Being Guided, So To Speak.” Externalising the internal musical dialogue.” January 2014.
University of Glasgow

a composition-based research into the nature of the internal musical dialogue, investigating compositional methods of externalisation which touched on areas of real-time and accelerated composition, stigmergy and relationships between intuitive and deliberative thought processes within a compositional context.

Work, selective performances and Lectures in Arts and Secondary Education

   2020 Received Arts subsidy to research performance-composition.

    2019 Seminar on performance-composition given at the Icelandic Academy of Arts.

    2019 Work, “Newlyblind” performed by Yoni Silver in Cafe Oto. Review here: fbclid=IwAR2rsI4O4Q0xsLoVjiOMkp2yY7NWX2GMtHruOqxf6B7M44bLVqF95Dij3ks

    2019 “Wild-fest” Educational material published. Teaching system which builds improvisation and musicianship skills while
               learning  about various carnival traditions of Europe. Available here:

    2018 Works “In the nameless town” and “Aesop´s Fables” Performed in Tel-Aviv, Israel by The Hyperion Ensemble and Musica Nova.

   2017 Work Mimic performed in Köln, Germany with members of the Gürzenich-Orchester. Video available at

    2016-17 Received artistic subsidy to write “Stórval” large scale “Art Brut” work performed in Reykjavík and the East of Iceland 
                   and released as a CD/DVD. Review on sound projector:

   2015-16 Performance Therapy sessions with special-needs students from County Cork, Ireland and East of Iceland,
              involving improvisation and composition.

   2015 Series of portrait concerts organised by the Icelandic Composers’ Guild. Concerts in Reykjavík and the East of Iceland.

   2014 Work “His Master´s Voice” performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Broadcast on “Hear and Now”
          program on BBC Radio 3

   2014 Curated “Eiðar Composer´s Farm” bringing together experimental composers from Iceland for a residential
          week in the East of Iceland, (workshops, seminars, concerts)

   2013 Concert tour of Russia and Yakutia performing with Yakutian singer Kjuregej. Concert in Moscow televised and
          broadcast on the Russian Arts Channel “Russia-K” (Россия Культура)

   2013 Work “The Ventriloquist” performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Broadcast on “Hear and Now”
          program on BBC Radio 3

   2013 Employed as the Christian Wolff "Expert" in Reykjavik "Tectonics" festival. Organised and performed in
          works by Christian Wolff.

   2012 Gave lecture “Comprov: Radicalising the role of intuition in Modern Composition” At the University of
          Glasgow As part of the “RMA Colloquium Series in Music”

   2012 Organised and performed “Burdocks” by Christian Wolff with members of SLÁTUR” As part of the
         “Tectonics” festival in Reykjavik.

   2011-12 Employed part-time as a lecturer at the University of Glasgow primarily teaching running and
              assessing the university‘s contemporary music ensemble.

    2010 Member of the selection panel for the “Society of Young Nordic Composers”.

   2010 Gave lecture “The Headless Composer” At the University of Glasgow As part of theRMA Colloquium
          Series in Music”.

   2010 Gave lecture on music and Post graduate Arts-based research at the Icelandic Academy of Arts, Reykjavik.

   2008 Lecture given on film music with accompanying “Soundtrack” installation as Part of the
          “Reindeer 700” video arts festival.

   2007-08 Flótsdalshérað, “ County Artist in Residence” (Iceland).

   2007 Lecture given to “Society of Young Nordic Composers” Reykjavik

   2005/07 Curator of the Eiðar Sonic Arts Project, involving international experimental Composers and improvisers (Iceland)

   2003-07 Taught World music modules at the Icelandic Academy of Arts, Reykjavik.

   2000 Ran the African Highlife band in Dartington College of Arts.