Ron Blessinger, Violin
Ron Blessinger joined the Oregon Symohny in 1990. Since 1992, he has also been a member of the Third Angle ensemble (www.thirdangle.org), and was appointed Artistic Director in 1999. He has performed hundreds of new works by the leading composers of our time, including premieres by John Harbison, Tomas Svoboda, David Crumb, and Randy Woolf. Mr. Blessinger has produced over 30 projects for Third Angle’s concert series, including residencies with Chen Yi, Zhou Long, Libby Larsen, and Steve Reich, and innovative collaborations with the Northwest’s premiere arts organizations, including BodyVox Dance Troupe, Whitebird Dance series, Jefferson Dancers, Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre, and the Northwest Film Center.
Mr. Blessinger and Third Angle takes it’s innovative approach to music to new heights in the spring of 2005, when it will present “Frozen Music”, a groundbreaking performance project that highlights the shared values of music and architecture via performances in the architectural spaces themselves.
Mr. Blessinger has recorded extensively for Koch International, including the world premiere of Aaron Copland’s opera The Tender Land, arranged for chamber orchestra by Murry Sidlin, and a new recording of the Appalachian Spring and Tender Land suites, arranged for chamber ensemble by Maestro Sidlin. His performance with Third Angle of selected chamber music works by Roy Harris will also be released on Koch International.
Mr. Blessinger has also produced and performed on Third Angle’s debut recording on Gagliano Records, The Soldier’s Tale by Igor Stravinsky, which features the narrative talents of Maestro James DePreist, Other Gagliano recordings include Lou Harrison’s Concerto for violin and percussion, and a forthcoming recording of the complete string quartets of Bryan Johanson. Forthcoming recordings also include Gimpel the Fool, David Schiff’s chamber opera, for Arabesque Records.
Mr. Blessinger has been featured numerous times as soloist with the orchestra, most recently performing Air by Aaron Jay Kernis as part of the Oregon Symphony’s memorial to the victims of 9/11. In 1995, he was appointed concertmaster of the Cascade Festival Orchestra in Bend, Oregon, and has been featured there annually as a soloist. He received a Bachelors degree from the Oberlin Conservatory and a Masters degree with distinction in performance from the New England Conservatory. His teachers have included Masao Kawasaki, Greg Fulkerson, and James Buswell.
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