attended the Curtis Institute of Music and studied with Orlando Cole and
graduation, he joined the Cleveland Orchestra. Then he assumed principal cellist
duties with the Rochester Philharmonic and served on the faculty of the
Eastman School of Music for seventeen years. He spent a year with the Vermeer
Quartet and in 1975 became principal cello of the Los Angeles Philharmonic,
with whom he stayed for twenty-four years. He has been active in the field of
music education as a clinician and panelist at various music festivals, and
the Gregor Piatigorsky
Professor of Cello at USC.
Other groups with
whom he has worked include Al di Meola’s World Sinfonia,
the American Quartet, the Angeles Quartet, the Borremeo
Quartet, the Capitol Ensemble, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chilingarian Quartet, the Colburn Chamber Orchestra, the
Colburn Orchestra, the Guarneri Quartet, the Juilliard Quartet, the
Mendelssohn Quartet, the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra, and the USC
In 1996 and
2003, he gave master classes and participated in panel discussions at the
National Cello Congress in Tempe,
Arizona. He performed similar duties with the
Oregon Cello Society in November 2005.
May 2007, the Capitol Ensemble gave a recital that consisted of Johann
Sebastian Bach’s “Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007” and “Suite
No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011”, and Franz Schubert’s “Cello
Quintet in C major, Op. 63, D. 956”.
Ron was one of
the performers at Music on the Hill in June 2008. In 2009, he took part in CelloFest at the Banff Arts Centre in Alberta,
He was the featured
soloist with the Colburn Orchestra at Santa Monica High
School on 26th September 2009 when
he played Antonin Dvorak’s “Violin
In March 2012,
he interpreted Bach’s “Cello Suite No. 1” at the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival.
with which he is credited include:
At the Movies by David
Shire; Beethoven: Violin Concerto/Haydn: Sinfonia concertante with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Chuck Mangione’s
Finest Hour; The Christmas Album
by David Foster; Heart of the
Immigrants by Al di Meola’s
World Sinfonia; Hey Santa! by Carnie Wilson; I Run with Trouble by Leah Kunkel; Joao (I Really Samba) by Joao Gilberto; Marlboro Music Festival:
50th Anniversary Album; One Love: One Dream
by Jeffrey Osborne; Smooth Jazz Café
3; That’s What Friends Are
For by Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams;
and, Turning Point with the L.A.
that bear his name comprise Children
of Sanchez, Gorillas in the Mist: The Adventure of Dian Fossey, Harry
and the Hendersons, Snow Falling on Cedars, and Throw
Momma from the Train.
figures prominently on the Suzuki
Cello School series of instructional CDs, as well as Christmas with Just 3 Chords and Orchestral Excerpts for Cello.
Johnny Mathis & Deniece
Emotion (Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb)
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