Ira Gold, double bass

with Bethany Pietroniro, piano

Wednesday, March 26 @ 8 pm


Double bassist with the National Symphony, Ira Gold will perform with his accompanist Bethany Pietroniro. The program includes works of Ludwig van Beethoven, Antonio Vivaldi and Adolf Misek.

Ira Gold made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2011, performing the Vanhal Bass Concerto with the Catholic University of America Symphony Orchestra.

Prior to joining the National Symphony in 2005, he performed with several American orchestras: as Section Bass with the Minnesota Orchestra and as guest Principal Bassist with the San Francisco Symphony and Detroit Symphony. He has attended the Grand Teton Music Festival, Domaine Forget Music Academy, Bach Festival Leipzig, Aspen Music Festival and Tanglewood Music Center, where he was a recipient of the Maurice Schwartz Prize. Gold spent several summers at the International Festival Institute at Round Top as a student, and during the summer of 2004, as a member of the bass faculty. He is continually in demand for recitals and masterclasses, including recent visits at University of North Texas, the International Society of Bassists Convention, the Manhattan School of Music and Ithaca College.  Mr. Gold maintains a studio of private students, has taught lessons and coached chamber music in the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship program, and is on the faculty of Peabody Bass Works. College positions include faculty at Peabody Conservatory and adjunct faculty at Catholic University of America.

He earned his Bachelor of Music degree at Boston University's College of Fine Arts, and his Master of Music degree at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, where he won the strings division of the 2005 Concerto Competition. His primary teachers include Edwin Barker and Paul Ellison, and additional studies with Albert Laszlo, Kenneth Harper, Dennis Whittaker, Mark Shapiro and Harry Lantz.                                                                                                                                                    

Praised by Baltimore’s The Glass for demonstrating “beautiful, melodic tones as well as driving percussive force,” pianist Bethany Pietroniro is an avid collaborative artist. Gathering together her passions for music, languages and literature, Pietroniro is embarking on a multifaceted career in chamber music, art song, and contemporary music performance.

In June, Pietroniro will participate in the SongFest Professional Program as a recipient of the 2014 Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship. In the summer of 2013, she premiered instrumental and vocal works by emerging young composers at New Music on the Point Summer Institute. Recent projects include coaching and performing two celebrated operas by Benjamin Britten, The Rape of Lucretia and Albert Herring, presented by Baltimore’s hexaCollective and Charm City Collegium.

Pietroniro received dual master’s degrees in solo and collaborative piano from Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Yong Hi Moon and Eileen Cornett. She holds bachelor’s degrees in music and mathematics from Indiana University.


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