Violinist Ron Blessinger is an Oregon native, a proud graduate in 1983 of Hermiston High School. He received a bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin Conservatory and a master’s degree with distinction in performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, after which he joined the Oregon Symphony in 1990. As a member of the orchestra, Ron has been a frequent soloist and chamber music performer, and in 2014 was elected as a player representative to the Oregon Symphony board of directors.
Ron has been a passionate advocate for the work of living composers, both as a performer and artistic director for Third Angle New Music. Ron has performed on and been executive producer of twelve recordings of contemporary classical music to critical acclaim, recorded a film score for Turner Classic Movies, supported the work of regional composers via a commissioning program that has produced over sixty new musical works, and collaborated with every major arts institution in Portland, including the Portland Art Museum, Portland Center Stage, Artist Repertory Theater, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Oregon Symphony, Oregon Ballet Theater, Whitebird Dance Company, Jefferson Dancers, Architecture Foundation of Oregon, and Second Story Interactive, among many others.
November 12, 2016
Panel: The Future of New Music