By Megan Bailey, College of Fine Arts and Communication Media Office

Ross Monroe Winter, a nationally recognized violinist, will perform at the University of Central Arkansas’s Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m.

Winter will perform six pieces, including Robert Schumann’s Sonata No. I in A Minor, Op. 105 and George Gershwin’s Three Preludes for Violin and Piano, as transcribed by Jascha Heifetz.

For Gershwin’s Three Preludes for Violin and Piano, Winter will be accompanied by multi-award-winning pianist Vakhtang Kodanashvili.

Winter approached Dr. Linda Hsu, a professor of violin at UCA, about performing for the community and leading a masterclass for the students.

“I am always open for my students to experience other teachers and musical performances,” Hsu said. “Guest artists provide valuable stimulation and motivation for our students.”

Winter, currently an assistant professor of violin at the University of Northern Iowa School of Music, holds degrees from the New England Conservatory, SUNY Purchase College Conservatory and The Catholic University of America.

Kodanashvili, who currently teaches violin at the University of Northern Iowa School of Music, received both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano performance at Indiana University South Bend and his Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance at Michigan State University College of Music.

Winter’s career began with his first orchestral position at the age of 23, and he has since been a member of the Richmond Symphony, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic. He has often performed in orchestras across Arkansas as a guest performer and as a guest concertmaster.

One of Winter’s most notable performances took place on the set of the 2009 “Sherlock Holmes” movie, when Winter coached the renowned Robert Downey Jr. in fake playing the violin, while also playing the principal role of violinist.

For more information about Winter and his career, visit

For more information about the event, contact Hsu at or (501) 450-5765.

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