Retired BSO violinist Ronald Knudsen passed away peacefully in the comfort of his beloved home surrounded by family at nearly the age of 84. As a highly respected member of Boston’s professional musical community, Ron was known as a violinist, conductor and an educator. Throughout his extended career he devoted himself to bringing classical music of all kinds to the widest possible audience. Born in Nebraska and raised in Minnesota, he studied at the MacPhail School of Music in Minneapolis and Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD. Following Peabody he was a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow, where he served as both the orchestra’s concertmaster and soloist.
A memorial celebration of Maestro Knudsen’s life will be held later this spring. If you would like to send a message to the Knudsen family please go to: www.caringbridge.org/visit/ronaldknudsen. In lieu of flowers, gifts to the New Philharmonia Music Director Legacy Fund are gratefully appreciated: P.O. Box 610384, Newton, MA 02461.
48 years with the Boston Symphony Orchestra
Before coming to Boston in 1965 to join the Boston Symphony violin section Ron was a member of the Baltimore and Detroit Symphony Orchestras. During his years as a violinist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Ron was active in many aspects of Greater Boston’s musical community. He was the original violinist in the contemporary music group Collage, and in 1971 helped to found the Curtisville Consortium, a chamber music ensemble of Boston Symphony players and friends performing in a series of chamber concerts each summer in the Berkshires. Ron was a violin soloist with the Boston Pops, Brockton Symphony, Newton Symphony and Worcester Orchestras and appeared annually in chamber music programs throughout Massachusetts. In August 2013 Ron retired from the Boston Symphony Orchestra after 48 years of service.