Since joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra's cello section at the age of 19, Ronald Feldman has received critical acclaim for a wide variety of musical achievements. Feldman remained with the BSO through 2002, when he left to join the faculty of Williams College as Artist in Residence, Lecturer in Music, Director of Ensembles, and Conductor of the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, Feldman was named music director of Boston's Longwood Symphony Orchestra. He taught cello and orchestral repertoire for cellists at New England Conservatory from 1968 through 2017.
Twice winner of the American Symphony Orchestra League's ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music, Ronald Feldman has achieved critical acclaim for his work as conductor. He appeared as guest conductor with numerous ensembles including major orchestras such as the Boston Pops Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony as well as many regional orchestras including the Pro Arte Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Albany Symphony, the Amarillo Symphony, and the Quebec Symphony. After successful appearances as Guest Conductor for three consecutive seasons at Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood, where he substituted for John Williams, Maestro Feldman was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra. He served as assistant to John Williams from 1989 to 1993.
Feldman currently directs the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra, a regional orchestra in residence at Williams College. He was formerly the conductor and Music Director of the New England Philharmonic and the Worcester Orchestra.
Feldman has appeared as cello soloist with many orchestras, performing a wide range of concerto repertoire from Dvorak to Ligeti. His many chamber music affiliations have included performances with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Collage New Music Ensemble, and the Boston Conservatory Chamber Players. His performances include collaborations with artists Emmanual Ax, Garrick Olsen, Gil Shaham, and Yo Yo Ma.
Feldman appears on a compact disc recording of an all-Mozart program with the Bucharest "George Enescu" Philharmonic. This CD received excellent reviews in the March/April 1999 issues of the American Record Guide and Fanfare Magazine. He also appears on a recently released CD of music of John Williams and Kevin Kaska. This recording is with Arturo Sandaval and the London Symphony Orchestra.
Graduate of Boston University. Studies with Joseph Emonts, Claus Adam, Lorne Monroe, and Harvey Shapiro. Also faculty of Williams College, Boston Conservatory, and Berklee College of Music.
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