Ross Jamie Collins is a young Finnish-British conductor recently named Salonen Fellow. He is currently pursuing his Conducting Diploma at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles where he studies with Esa-Pekka Salonen in the Negaunee Conducting Program.

Previously a student of Jorma Panula at the Panula Academy in Finland, Ross is now part of the Colburn Artist Program and the London Philharmonia's Emerging Artists programme that will provide significant real-world podium experience through work with the Philharmonia in the UK and abroad, as well as in Los Angeles. As a Fellow he will have the opportunity to collaborate with other young musicians on the Philharmonia’s Emerging Artists programme, designed to connect young artists to the wider life of the Philharmonia; work with the Orchestra's management in developing Salonen's flagship projects; and serve as assistant conductor to Salonen for his engagements with the Philharmonia, other orchestras, opera houses, tours, and festivals.

In 2018 Ross was awarded Third Prize in the VII International Jorma Panula Conducting Competition, and in 2019 he made his debuts with the South Denmark Philharmonic and the Kirkkonummi Chamber Orchestra.

Supported by a scholarship from The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Ross has participated in numerous international conducting masterclasses and has had experience conducting professional orchestras in Europe. He began his musical studies playing cello, piano and French horn, and since 2014 he has concentrated his instrumental training in singing.

I’m very proud to welcome Angus Webster and Ross Collins to the Negaunee Conducting Program as the first class of Fellows,”
“Both showed great talent and openness, as well as a real ability to communicate with the musicians in a natural way. This program—a special collaboration between the Colburn School and the Philharmonia—realizes a long-held personal desire to mentor young conductors during this important phase in their careers.”

- Esa-Pekka Salonen -