who started playing at seven years of age and took his first lessons from
his father, a violinist and Music History Department head at Boston University.
He attended Brookline High School and served as
concertmaster of the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and the
International Youth Symphony Orchestra, which was conducted by Leopold
His teachers included
Gerald Gelbloom, Szymon
Goldberg, Max Rostal, Joseph Silverstein, with
whom he studied at Harvard
College, and Louise Vosgerchian.
He graduated from Harvard
College with a
Bachelor’s of Music degree in 1975.
In 1976, he
became a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Other groups he has worked with
include the Boston Pops, Collage, the Griffin Music Ensemble, and the
Hawthorne String Quartet.
He and three
of his fellow BSO musicians performed “Concerto for Four Violins”
by Antonio Vivaldi on Evening at Pops in 1984.
In the summer
of 1986, he gave the U.S.
premiere of “Chain 2” by Witold Lutoslawski at Tanglewood’s
Festival of Contemporary Music.
He and five
other GBYS alumni gave the world premiere of The Gesar Legend by Peter Lieberson at Harvard
University on 12th
which he appears include Chamber
Music from Theresienstadt 1941-1945, Collage: New Music, Cradle Songs: Collected
Lullabies Around the World, David
L. Post: String Quartets Nos.
2-4, Haas; Krasa: String Quartets, Hindemith on Trombone, Irwin Bazelon: Trajectories; Spires; Legends and
Love Letters, Judith Shatin: Ruah; Peter Child:
Wind Quintet; Sonatina for Oboe; Clare
Cycle, Pluto ... Lord of the
Concertos Alla Jazz, Variations on a Shaker Tune, Tunesmith
... An American Beauty Pageant, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, etc., We Are All Connected: Berklee
College of Music Reaches Out to the Women of Darfur, and Where Silence Reigns.
performed on the soundtracks of the documentaries, The American Experience, The
Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century and Last Dance, and the feature films, Secrecy and Sunshine State.
In the field
of music education, Ronan serves on the faculties of The Boston
Conservatory and the Tanglewood Music