Stuart Ross Carlson attends the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and is pursuing degrees in both violin performance (studying with Stephen Shipps) and composition (studying with Evan Chambers, Paul Schoenfield, Michael Daugherty, and Bright Sheng). He is a published arranger – Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” for solo violin (Lauren Keiser Music/Hal Leonard) and “Carols of Christmas” for string quartet (Southern Music/Hal Leonard) – and has won numerous competitions – including the 2016 VSA International Young Soloists Competition and the 2017 University of Michigan School of Music Concerto Competition.

Stuart has enjoyed performing across the US, UK, and Europe as a soloist and ensemble member. One of his many highlights includes being chosen as the John F. Kennedy Center representative for the 2013 Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. He performed for an audience that included Yo-Yo Ma and several US Senators and Members of Congress.

Stuart is proud to play a Feng Jiang violin. He enjoys traveling, electronic music, and is a licensed ham radio operator (W8SRC).


You are welcome to use any of the publicity photos shown below for your program (special thanks to the U-M Daily, Draugalis Photography, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts).