Dual scholarship winner at the Berklee College of Music, laureate of the Steven D. Holland Award for special musical achievements (Boston/USA), the study of Arrangement / Composition in Cologne graduating summa cum laude, finalist of Jazz de la Defense (Paris), “fantastically virtuous” Gitarre & Bass, “excellent performances” Steve Swallow, “a master of his art” Jazzpodium, “goes down like velvet” Cadence, “in the 1. League of European jazz guitar tradition” Jazzthing, “ingenious one-man show” Rheinpfalz, “impudently laid-back” Saarbrücker Zeitung, “an excellent and highly likeable musician” Jazzthetik.
Ro is considered to be one of the figureheads of German guitar music, one who has both an immense repertoire within the domain of Jazz, Latin, Pop—thus known as an excellent improviser—and beyond that a well-grounded training at the classical guitar. A “unique voice” as an instrumentalist and composer with his own sound and his own style in the European and also world-wide scene. Not only due to his studies in the field of Arrangement / Composition full concert halls are guaranteed, bursting with an audience consisting of Jazz fans, general lovers of guitar music, lovers of Latin American music, and those who like the virtuous and take delight in the beautiful, fulfilled, and arty pleasures.
“excellent performances” Steve Swallow
“ingenious one-man show” Saarbrücker Zeitung
“master of his art” Jazzpodium
“goes down like velvet” Cadence
“fantastically virtuous” Gitarre & Bass
“anthem-like, melody-bursting compositions” Rheinpfalz
“impressive visiting card” Jazzzeit
“the first league of European jazz guitarists” Keyboards
“extra-smart " Audio
The study of Jazz guitar at the Berklee College of Music in Boston/USA as a scholarship holder with excellent achievements.
The study of classical guitar with Tomaso Iacolino and Larry Bione.
The study of the Arrangement and Composition of Jazz at the Hochschule für Musik, Cologne. graduating with summa cum laude.
Stephen D. Holland Award for special artistic achievements in Boston/USA.
Finalist of the Concours de Jazz de la Défense, Paris.
Guest lecturer at various institutions:
Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Nürnberg, Jazz & Rockschule Freiburg, Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Cologne, Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Saarbrücken, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz. Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts / NYC, Hochschule "Franzt Liszt" Weimar.
Jazzfest Berlin, Luxembourg, Worms, Trier, Brussels, Klagenfurt, Bonn, Aalen, Ostsee-Jazz Fest, Hessen Jazzfest, RENDEZVOUS de l `ERDRE - Nantes, Jazzopen Stuttgart, Staatskanzlei Berlin, Jazzfest Vilshofen, Umbria Jazzfest / Italy, Jazzfest Leverkusen, Euroclassic Zweibrücken, Central Park Jazz NYC etc.