No Stranger to the Ullapool Guitar Festival Jule Malischke is both an international concert artist and a lecturer in guitar at the Dresden “Carl Maria von Weber” University. We are delighted to welcome these two amazing musicians to Ullapool. Their coming together as a duo is a story that will no doubt be recounted on stage.
Jule is one of the most sought-after soloists on the European acoustic scene, her repertoire covers an impressively broad musical spectrum – from self-penned heartfelt songs, very original song-cover arrangements, and diverse virtuoso styles on the classical guitar through to modern fingerstyle arrangements. There are few musicians who can boast such mastery of all these related but very different genres.
Jule is known for her vibrant personality ,great sense of humour, her wonderful voice and the virtuosity of her guitar playing, and has captivated audiences across Europe in her appearances at many of the most important festivals. She has played support for numerous international acts including Uriah Heep, Barclay James Harvest and Christina Stuermer, as well as appearing regularly on radio and television in Germany.
Don Ross was born and raised in Montreal and has lived in various parts of Canada over the course of his life. The son of a Mi’kmaw Indigenous mother and a Scottish immigrant father, he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music) degree from Toronto’s York University and started working full-time as a musician in 1988. That year he won the US National Fingerpick Guitar Championship for the first time, and also played with his quartet Eye Music at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Don went back to university, completing a Master of Arts degree in Orchestration through the University of Chichester (UK) and ThinkSpace Education, and graduating in early 2021. He immediately started working extensively in the world of scoring orchestral and electronic music for video games, films and television.
In addition to his solo performances and recordings, Don also heads his quartet Don Ross Louder Than Usual, which focusses on his more jazz-leaning repertoire.
In 2021, Don won the prestigious Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts, administered by the Canada Council for the Arts.
Don currently lives in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.