Ronald Romm

Ronald Romm's Biography

Ronald Romm, a performer who has appeared worldwide on the stages of almost all major concert venues, music festivals and international music conferences, is widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent trumpeters and clinicians of today. Born in New York, but considering himself a native Californian, he was a child prodigy who began his career as a soloist at the age of 10. By age 12 he was a member of his family's band, the Romm Antics, and at 18 he was already a veteran freelance trumpeter in Los Angeles. Ronald could be seen and heard performing regularly with the Los Angeles Brass Ensemble and Los Angeles Brass Society directed by Dr. Lester E. Remsen, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Brass Quintet. After a few years at the University of Southern California, Ron moved to New York. He attended The Juilliard School where he earned Bachelor and Masters Degrees and studied with William Vacchiano, legendary teacher and former Principal Trumpet of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. In New York City, Ronald established himself as a top freelance musician performing with the Radio City Music Hall Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, Broadway shows, church concerts, the circus and ice shows.

In 1971, Ronald joined the newly formed Canadian Brass, which later established itself as the premiere brass ensemble in the world. In June of 2000, he retired from the group after participating in well over 4,500 concerts, 60 recordings, numerous television concert specials, videos and hundreds of master classes. He has performed with major orchestras and with the greatest living conductors in the world. Ronald has shared the stage in live performance and recorded CDs with leading artists including Wynton Marsalis, Arturo Sandoval, Jon Faddis, Doc Severinsen, and brass performers from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic. As an educator, Ronald has contributed to the growth of brass performance through hundreds of student clinics and master classes worldwide.

In 2001, Ronald was appointed Professor of Trumpet and BA Nugent Professor of Music Performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He maintains a full teaching schedule at the University of Illinois and performs with the Illinois Brass Quintet. Ronald and his wife, and long time partner, Avis, continue an active concert career as a spectacular trumpet and piano duo. In 2001-2002 the Romms presented their stage show A Trumpeter's Dream in 35 cities across the United States to rave reviews and standing ovations. Avis and Ronald continue to tour extensively worldwide, with 2007 and 2008 concert appearances in France, Spain, United States and Canada. The duo has released a CD titled Living the Dream.

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