Ross Jamie Collins is a young Finnish-British conductor who presently
studies with Jorma Panula at the Panula Academy in Finland. In 2018 he
was awarded Third Prize in the VII International Jorma Panula Conducting
Competition, and in 2019 he makes his debuts with the South Denmark
Philharmonic and the Kirkkonummi Chamber Orchestra. Born in 2001 in
Nottingham, United Kingdom, Ross has been living in Helsinki, Finland
since 2008 where he began conducting studies at the age of 14 with Klaus
Mäkelä. In 2017 he founded his own orchestra, named Symphony Orchestra
ROSSO, and conducted a full symphony concert at the age of 15.
Supported by a scholarship from The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Ross
has participated in numerous international conducting masterclasses and
has had experience conducting the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Vaasa City
Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia, MAV Symphony Orchestra, Bohuslav
Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra, Lappeenranta City Orchestra, St. Michel
Strings and The Camerata Antonio Soler. He also works as an assistant
conductor of the Lauttasaari Symphony Orchestra.
In 2019, Ross will graduate from the Sibelius-lukio High School,
where he is part of the award-winning Chamber Choir and the band 'Beyond The Oceans' in which he plays the keyboard.
He began his musical studies playing piano, violin, cello and French horn, and since 2014 he has concentrated his instrumental training in singing. As a baritone he is currently studying with Mervi Sipola-Maliniemi.