MEET OUR MAESTRO
As a highly respected member of Boston's professional musical
community, Ronald Knudsen is known as performer, conductor
and educator. Throughout his extended career he has devoted
himself to bringing classical music of all kinds to the widest
possible audience. Born in Nebraska and raised in Minnesota,
Mr. Knudsen studied at the MacPhail School of Music in Minneapolis
and Peabody Conservatory. Following Peabody he was a Tanglewood
Music Center fellowship student, serving as both the orchestra's
concertmaster and soloist.
Mr. Knudsen is now in his 46th season as a
member of the Boston Symphony violin section. Before coming
to Boston in 1965 Mr. Knudsen was a member of the Baltimore
and Detroit symphony orchestras. Since arriving in Boston Mr.
Knudsen has been active in many aspects of Boston's musical
community. He was the original violinist in the contemporary
music group Collage and in 1971 he helped to found the Curtisville
Consortium, a chamber ensemble of BSO players and friends playing
a series of chamber concerts each summer in the Berkshires.
He has been a violin soloist with the Boston Pops, Brockton
Symphony, Newton Symphony and Worcester Orchestras and appears
annually in chamber programs throughout Massachusetts.
As a conductor Maestro Knudsen has conducted numerous orchestras
throughout New England and in Japan. He served as Music Director
of the Brockton and Newton Symphonies prior to being invited
to be Music Director of the NPO. In June 1990 Maestro Knudsen
made his conducting debut with the Boston Pops Orchestra and
since that time has been a regular guest conductor with both
the Boston Pops and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestras. His
appearances in December 1999 mark his 10th season as a Boston
Pops guest conductor. In addition, he has guest conducted for
a variety of chamber and pops orchestras around the New England
area. Maestro Knudsen has been acclaimed by the press, orchestra
and audience for his programming, conducting skill and ability
to bring professional standards to a non-professional orchestra.
On a personal level, in addition to playing
and conducting Mr. Knudsen repairs fine old string instruments.
He is married and lives in Newton where, in his "spare" time
he works on the restoration of his historical Victorian period
home. He has two children and four grandchildren all living
in the area. His son Sato is a member of the Boston Symphony
cello section and his daughter Mayumi is a graphic desinger.
Ron is the recipient of a number of civic awards including
Newton Pride Award for Excellence in the Arts and the 1997
Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce Appreciation Award.
Maestro Knudsen conducting at the
First Baptist Church
Click here to view Maestro Knudsen's BSO bio. Click on the 89.7 image to hear a WGBH interview with Maestro Knudsen.
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