Residing in Glasgow, Ciaren Ross is a talented piper who is currently studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), specialising in bagpipes and traditional Scottish music. Alongside his university studies, Ciaren is the proud owner and director of CROSS Bagpipes where he hand makes Sheepskin bags and is also in the process of publishing his first contemporary music book.
Piping from the age of 4, Ciaren was taught by his father Pipe Major Gordon Ross, who is a well-respected & accomplished military piper. Throughout the years, Ciaren was also taught by well known solo pipers Andrew Wright & Willie MacCallum before climbing through the ranks of the prolific Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band juvenile system to reach the Grade 1 band in 2014. Now at the age of 21, Ciaren now plays for the 16 time world champions Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band where he has competed for the past 3 seasons. As of February 2020, Ciaren was also appointed Pipe Major of the National Youth Pipe Band. Through this role, he will utilise his abilities to lead Scotland’s most talented pipers at numerous high profile engagements consisting of performances at Buckingham Palace, The SECC & The Royal Glasgow Concert Hall.
On an international scale, Ciaren has travelled all over the world to perform with the chart topping ceilidh band Whisky Kiss. Performing on the whistle and the pipes for this band has allowed Ciaren to perform at Burns Suppers’ in Shanghai & Beijing aswell as playing live in New York for the International Tartan Week. Ciaren's talents have also been captured for the television cameras where he has performed at the BT Murrayfield Stadium for International Rugby matches and also for BBC Hogmanay Live.
Being a professionally graded solo competitor, Ciaren competes in both indoor and outdoor competitions. His numerous years of experience have seen him win prestigious prizes at the renowned Duncan Johnstone Memorial Solo competition and the Royal Highland Society of London contest. Through his multiple years of competing on the solo circuit, he now uses his knowledge and expertise to privately teach students of all age categories and of all abilities across the country.