Maria Jose Romero
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Violin
Maria Jose Romero Ramos is a versatile modern and period violinist specializing in the exploration and dissemination of performance practices of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods. She is often found switching comfortably between different styles of bows as well as performing on both gut and modern strings.
An enthusiastic chamber and orchestral musician and soloist, Romero has performed in North, Central and South America, Asia, and Europe, with modern and period festivals and ensembles as leader and collaborator, including most recently the Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra, Valley of the Moon Music Festival, Bloomington Early Music Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, Bloomington Bach Cantata Project, Mountainside Baroque, Music Angelica Baroque Orchestra, New Vintage Baroque, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, International Chamber Players, Fantasmi Baroque Ensemble, and Orchester Wiener Akademie. She was a featured soloist with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra as winner of their Concerto Competition and made her debut in the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall with the Sphinx Virtuosi.
A dedicated teacher, Romero is on the faculty of the Precollege String Academy at Indiana University, where she has trained with and worked extensively alongside pedagogue Mimi Zweig. An alumni of Venezuela’s El Sistema music program, Romero is an advocate for social justice and empowerment through high-quality music education and is actively involved with several organizations that serve this cause. She is Development Director for the MusAid nonprofit organization, bringing teacher training and instrument repair workshops to music schools in underserved communities around the world. She is also involved with the Sphinx Organization’s initiatives to promote diversity in the arts and with the Global Leaders Program to connect and collaborate with other socially-minded teaching artists.
Romero is currently finishing her Doctor of Music degree in Violin with Kevork Mardirossian at Indiana University, minoring in music theory. She obtained her M.M. degree from IU, during which time she also studied baroque violin with Stanley Ritchie. Maria holds a Graduate Artist Certificate and B.M. degree from the University of North Texas under the tutelage of Julia Bushkova on the modern violin and Cynthia Roberts on the baroque violin. She lives in Bloomington, Ind., with her husband, pianist Nicholas Reynolds.