Charlotta Klein Ross
Cellist Charlotta Klein Ross, a native of Michigan, started playing the piano at eight and began playing the cello when she was eleven. By the time she was thirteen, she knew that she wanted to become a professional musician. Charlotta holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University, where she was a string specialist major, and a Master of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University. Her teachers include Louis Potter and former Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Principal Cello Theo Salzman.
Prior to joining the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1968, Charlotta Klein was a member of the Dallas and North Carolina symphony orchestras. Ross is an active chamber musician, and has been a member of the Music-in-Maine Quartet. Charlotta is very active in the Pittsburgh Symphony's Education and Outreach Programs, both as an individual and with ensembles. She plays a Goffriller cello dated 1674.
Charlotta Klein Ross has been the conductor of the Three Rivers Symphonette since March, 1999. The Symphonette is a string orchestra of young musician between 8 and 16 years old from the tri-state area.
Ms. Ross is the widow of Paul Ross, formerly a violinist in the Pittsburgh Symphony. She has three grown daughters and four grandkids. Her hobbies are Victorian antiques and reading.