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Virginia Kron, cellist, received her Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance from the University of Wisconsin, and her Master's degree, with a prize in performance, from the University of Southern California. In 1979 she traveled to England where she studied with William Pleeth for three years. Upon her return to the U.S. Ms. Kron joined the Pacific Symphony Orchestra for four years before moving to Ojai, where she makes her home.
Her cello education began with private teacher Nadene Profitt Bean and continued at UW with Lowell Creitz. Her teachers at USC were Gabor and Peter Rejto. She had summer instruction from Laszlo Varga and Guy Fallot, coaching from Ron Leonard and masterclasses with Lynn Harrell and Bernard Greenhouse.
She now freelances, specializing in performances of chamber and new music. In the 1990's she performed with flute trio Nouvelle Image in concerts in San Bernardino, Cerritos, Beverly Hills, Sonora, Ventura and Fullerton. She has performed twice for the Sedona Chamber Music Festival and appeared in the Ventura Chamber Music Festival and the Primavera Festival at UCSB, for the Rolling Hills Classical Series in Palos Verdes, with the Sacramento String Quartet, as a guest artist at the University of California in Long Beach and for the Thomas Aquinas College Friday night lecture series. She performed on numerous occasions for the live KUSC radio broadcast Sundays at Four. She contributed regularly to the Current Sounds Consortium of New Music in Santa Barbara, and was music director for five seasons and frequent performer for Music Under the Oaks at St. Joseph’s in Ojai. 2011 ushered in a lecture/masterclass at Cal State Northridge . She collaborated with composer Leslie Hogan for three concerts including UCSB'S Primavera Festival. There she also performed Art Gottschalk's Cello: fishing at Antibes for solo cello and prerecorded sounds. 2011 and 2012 brought performances for Lick Observatory's popular series, Music of the Spheres. Ms. Kron premiered John Biggs' Sonata for Cello and Piano in 2013.
Her concerto performances include the premier of John Biggs' Concerto for Cello and Chamber Orchestra with New West Symphony, and a 2011 performance of it with the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra. She subsequently recorded it in Prague with the Czech National Symphony. In 2007 she performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto for Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra with the West Hills Trio, and in 2009 soloed in the Schumann Cello Concerto, both under the direction of KuanFen Liu. She performed the Dvorak Concerto for Cello with Chandos Chamber Orchestra in London and the Channel Islands Symphony in Ojai. She won a competition to perform with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra and also soloed with the University of Northern Arizona Orchestra. In 2010 she and violinist Yue Deng performed the Brahms Double Concerto at the Oxnard Civic Auditorium with the Ventura College Symphony under the direction of Burns Taft.
Ms. Kron has participated in festivals in Aspen, Tanglewood, Monterey, Bakersfield, Bear Valley, Ventura, Ojai, San Luis Obispo, Rome and, as a tenured member of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, in Santa Cruz, under the direction of Marin Alsop.
She has maintained a private teaching studio in Ojai for twenty years and has adjudicated for the American String Teachers’ Association. She was for four years a music instructor at Ventura College.
Ms. Kron joined Celtic harpist Kim Robertson on two recordings for the Invincible label, produced her own children’s fairy tale underscored with her own compositions (praised by the American Library Journal and the Midwest Book Review), and has credit on the CD The Far Country, music of John Luther Adams. In addition to her recording of John Biggs’ cello concerto she can be heard on his CD Vocal Bouquet. In 2012 she was featured on Jim McCarthy's recording, the Music Cabinet. Her film recording includes Tremors 4 and the short Rules of Love.
She has received favorable reviews for her performances in publications including Gramophone, the Los Angeles Times, the Ventura Star, the San Luis Obispo Telegram-Tribune, the Monterey Peninsula Herald, the Rome Daily American, the Flagstaff Daily Sun, the Santa Barbara News-Press, and the Ventura County Reporter.
Awards include a University of Wisconsin Foundation scholarship, a scholarship to the Long Beach Summer Chamber Music Institute, voted Best Musician in 2002 by the Ojai Valley News poll, and in 2010 selected for in depth documentation by Ventura County’s Focus on the Masters. (See below for short program biography.)
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Virginia Kron, cellist, received her Bachelor's degree in cello performance from the UW-Madison, and her Master's, with a prize in performance, from USC. In 1979 she traveled to England to study with William Pleeth. Upon returning to the US Ms. Kron joined the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. She was for four years the cello instructor at Ventura College. She now freelances, specializing in performances of chamber and new music.
Her concerto performances include the premier of John Bigg's Concerto for Cello and Chamber Orchestra with New West Symphony and a 2011 performance with the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra. She recorded it in Prague with the Czech National Symphony.
2012 brought solo performances including an appearance at the Steynberg Gallery in San Luis Obispo and a return to Lick Observatory's Music of the Spheres series. In November of 2012 she played the music of Christopher Hopkins for the College Music Society conference in San Diego. In 2013 Ms. Kron premiered John Biggs' Sonata for Cello and Piano with pianist Raelynn Clare. In 2014 Ms. Kron played a series of concerts in historic places for the Pacific Shores Philharmonic and three concerts for the band "The Thematics". Also in 2014 she teamed up with composer/guitarist Jim McCarthy and composer/pianist Roger Kellaway for a performance for Focus on the Masters.
Ms. Kron has participated in many festivals including Aspen, Tanglewood, Ojai, San Luis Obispo, and Rome. She is a tenured member of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, under the direction of Marin Alsop.
"Accomplished cellist Virginia Kron ...a cellist of no small talent, has done her best to keep alive the music of our time." says the Los Angeles Times. In 2010 she was selected for in depth documentation and filmed interview by Ventura County’s Focus on the Masters.
Revised January 16, 2015