A native of Tucson, Joseph Rousos-Hammond began playing the violin in his elementary school orchestra program, and also participated in Tucson Junior Strings and the Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra. He attended Indiana University where he received a Bachelor of Music with Distinction as a student of Koichiro Harada, Paul Biss, and Mark Kaplan. Upon graduation, he completed a Master of Music degree at the Chicago College of Performing Arts where he was a student of Chicago Symphony Concertmaster Robert Chen.
Mr. Rousos-Hammond is currently Principal Second Violin of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and is also a member of the TSO String Quartet. Before joining the TSO, he served as Principal 2nd Violin of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and was previously a member of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. He has participated in festivals including the National Repertory Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival, Manchester Music Festival, and the Indiana University Summer Music Festival. He also performs with St. Andrew’s Bach Society, and in various other chamber concerts and solo recitals.