Canadian violinist Dorothy Ro is a member of the Verona Quartet, currently the Graduate Quartet in Residence at the New England Conservatory of Music. Ms. Ro is also a graduate of the Juilliard School, the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her professors include Paul Kantor, David and Linda Cerone, Donald Weilerstein, and Alexander Kerr.
Her violin training began at age of five in Halifax, Nova Scotia, studying with her early mentors, Myung-Hae Yoon and Philippe Djokic. Ms. Ro participated in many competitions growing up that include the OSM Standard Life Competition in Montreal, the 2012 Eckhardt-Gramatte Competition where she received the second prize, as well as winning top prizes at the Canadian National Music Competition and awards from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust and the Debut Atlantic RBC Award for Musical Excellence.
Ms. Ro has been a fellowship student at the Aspen Music Festival and School and has spent summers at the Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, the Robert Mann Quartet Institute, the Banff Centre Music Program, and the Montreal International String Quartet Academy.
As a member of the Verona Quartet, she is a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition along winning top prizes at several international competitions. She is on faculty at the Indiana University Summer String Academy and has also coached chamber music at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and given masterclasses at the La Jolla Summefest.
Dorothy can recite the Fifty States of America by memory - in alphabetical order (she is Canadian so extra points to her).
There was no orchestra program at Dorothy’s high school, so that led her to play the role of the fiddler in the musical “Fiddler on the Roof”. Dorothy had to climb a ladder and play the violin standing on a rickety DIY roof that was twenty feet high..she lived dangerously back in the day.
When she was a kid, Dorothy had the opportunity to perform for the King and Queen of Norway at the Governors House in Nova Scotia (her hometown) with her sister, who is a cellist.
Dorothy used to breakdance/hip-hop dance in middle school. She is glad she discontinued the hobby; it was an embarrassment to her parents..and quite frankly the whole world.