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    Lefkowitz, Ronan

    Violinist from Oxford, England, 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 Stokowski.

     

    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 June 1988.

     

    Recordings on 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 Underworld!!!, Schulhoff:  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.

     

    He also 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 Center.

     

    Sources:

    1. http://www.collagenewmusic.org/lefkowitz.html
    2. http://www.bostonconservatory.edu/bio/ronan-lefkowitz
    3. http://www.thecrimson.com/article/1975/3/4/a-musician-to-be-reckoned-with/
    4. http://www.bysoweb.org/pages/418_30th_anniversary_season_celebrated_with_a_world_premiere.cfm
    5. http://www.naxos.com/person/Hawthorne_String_Quartet/108851.htm
    6. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/ronan-lefkowitz-q36143/credits/all
    7. http://web.me.com/ronbarron/Ron_Barron/BB1002CD.html
    8. http://www.newworldrecords.org/uploads/fileioErs.pdf
    9. http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/music/artist/Ronan+Lefkowitz/a/albums.htm
    10. http://www.discogs.com/artist/Ronan+Lefkowitz
    11. http://home.comcast.net/~thomas.o.lee/CD.html
    12. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1535970/
    13. http://albumcredits.com/Profile/253184
    14. http://movies.nytimes.com/person/1313689/Ronan-Lefkowitz
    15. http://www.secrecyfilm.com/credits.html

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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