La coordinación académica general del Conservatorio Superior Nacional de Música, tienen el agrado de invitar a todos los alumnos del nivel bachillerato y tecnológico superior en la cátedra de violín, a las clases maestras impartidas por el violinista norteamericano, director y concertmaster Ronal Neal, integrante de la afamada orquesta sinfónica de Dallas. Dichas clases se llevarán a efecto los días lunes 4 y martes 5 de julio en el auditorio Luciano Carrera del CSNM, de 09h00 a 12h00, evento simultáneo con las clases maestras del pianista ecuatoriano Boris Cepeda, a llevarse a cabo en la sala de conferencias de la Casa de la música a las 14h30. eventos todos gratuitos y con el aval del Conservatorio Superior Nacional de Música.
A continuación, una breve reseña de nuestro invitado.
Violinist Ronald Neal has served as Director-Concertmaster of the Dallas Chamber Orchestra for three decades. In 1977 he created the DCO and under his direction the DCO has gained recognition as a “tightly knit, well disciplined ensemble with enormous spirit and enthusiasm” (Dallas Morning News). The Dallas Observer described the Dallas Chamber Orchestra as “A noteworthy ensemble of virtuosi whose flawless performances are a rare meeting of the minds, not only among players, but among the audience.” The Fort Worth Star Telegram described the DCO as “an ensemble that produces a sound equal in richness and depth to what one expects from the string section of a great orchestra.” Under his leadership the DCO has recorded for Crystal Records and Digital Masters and is frequently heard throughout the US on National Public Radio “Performance Today”. His performance (and live recording) of Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending with the Dallas Chamber Orchestra was praised as a “miracle of light and sensitivity” by High Fidelity “Musical America”. In 1997 the DCO was the first Chamber Orchestra invited to perform at the XIX Festival Internacional de Musica de Camara in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
The Austin Chamber Orchestra was formed by Mr. Neal in the spring of 2000 and Neal served as artistic director for two seasons. The Austin America Statesman hailed the debut concert of the ACO and stated “There was none of the half-heartedness evident at many orchestral concerts, because the music making was in their collective hands. The tone was more gorgeous and rich than one could have thought would have come from only a dozen or so players. This sort of music making not only fills a void, hearing them once creates a need to hear them again.”
In 1996 the Elan International Music Festival program was developed by Ronald Neal. The program was designed by Mr. Neal as a result of two and a half decades experience as artistic director of music festivals, collaborating with international concert artists and faculty from the leading musical institutions including faculty of the Juilliard School, Cleveland Institute, Oberlin School, University of Michigan, Manhattan School of Music, Yale School of Music, Korean National School of the Arts, Toho School (Japan) and the Beijing Central Conservatory. The mission of Elan International is to develop environments conducive to the study and exchange of musical ideas and techniques for musicians of international stature from diverse regions throughout the world. Emerging young artists are joined and supported by Master Artist Teachers in these cultural exchanges. Elan International Music Festivals have been held in Taos and Angel Fire, New Mexico, in Stowe and Stratton, Vermont, as well as the University of Texas at Dallas.
The Elan ideal was internationally expanded in 2003 as Ronald Neal developed and served as artistic director of the first Northern China International Chamber Music Festival held in Shenyang, China. In the same year he served as director of Chamber Music for the Beijing International Music School and Festival.
Ronald Neal is the Founder and for fourteen seasons served as Artistic Director of the Killington Music Festival, an international music festival held in the summer months in Killington, Vermont. Mr. Neal served as a director of the Manchester Music Festival for eight years prior to his tenure at the Killington Festival. Mr. Neal was the Founder and Music Director of the Stowe International Music School and Festival in Stowe, Vermont from 1997 – 2002.
Concert activities have taken Mr. Neal throughout North, Central and South America, Iceland, Europe, China and Japan. Berlin’s Der Taagespiegel called Mr. Neal “A leading violinist”, The New York Times said “The Shostakovich was graced by the expressive beauty of Ronald Neal’s violin playing” and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle recognized him as “a violinist of great sensitivity and extraordinary technical capabilities. His fantastic leaps and double stops were a dazzling display.”
Mr. Neal has served as director-concertmaster of the following orchestras: Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Austin Chamber Orchestra, New England Chamber Orchestra, Shenyang Chamber Orchestra (China) and Beijing International Music School and Festival Orchestra. Neal has performed as a full time or substitute member in the following orchestras: American Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Chamber Orchestra, New York String Orchestra, Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, Piedmont Chamber Orchestra and Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
An interest in the music of living composers led Neal to the co-founding of the contemporary music group “Voices of Change”. During his ten year tenure Voices of Change premiered over 200 new works, performed throughout the US and Europe, and recorded extensively.
Ronald Neal has performed as leader in the Quartet in Residence of the State University of New York system, Dallas Arts String Quartet, Dallas Chamber Orchestra Quartet, and in numerous performances as leader of chamber groups in performances and music festivals throughout the US and abroad.
Mr. Neal is currently director of Orchestra at the University of Texas at Dallas, School of Arts and Humanities. In addition, he is designing and developing “The Chamber Music Institute” at UT Dallas, an innovative program designed for in-depth study and performance of the great literature written for chamber ensembles. Prior to his appointment at UT Dallas Neal had served on the faculties of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, the State University of New York at Genesseo as well as holding teaching fellowships at the Eastman and Juilliard Schools. Many of his former students are members of chamber music groups and orchestras throughout the US, Europe and the Far East. Others hold positions in Universities and Conservatories of music as well Directors of Suzuki Programs. Students from his class have been prizewinners of numerous Regional and National competitions.
Mr. Neal received the Bachelor of Music degree and the Performers Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and the Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School. At both institutions he received a teaching fellowship and was an instructor of violin. His principal teachers were Ivan Galamian, Sally Thomas and Carroll Glenn. His mentors for chamber music were Felix Galimir, John Celentano and Joseph Gingold.
Ronald Neal is married to Maria Alessandra Freile Brito. They have two children, George and Alexander.
MSC. VICTOR HUGO PACHECO
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