Guest Artists for 2011 BBC Gala Concert – Ronald & Avis Romm
Ronald and his wife and long time partner Avis continue an active concert career as spectacular Trumpet and Piano duo. In 2001-2002 the Romms presented their stage show “A Trumpeter’s Dream” in 35 cities across the United States to rave reviews and standing ovations.
Avis and Ron recently released their first CD “Wellness for the Soul, Volume 1: Seeing the Light” on the Romm Enterprises label. Ron also maintains the web site www.MusicRomm.com where one can find extensive information on Ronald Romm, musical performer and educator.
RONALD ROMM, a performer who has appeared worldwide on the stages of almost all major concert venues, music festivals, and international music conferences, is widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent trumpeters and clinicians of today. Born in New York, but considering himself a native Californian, he was a child prodigy who began his career as a soloist at the age of ten. By age twelve he was a member of his family’s band, the Romm-Antics, and at eighteen he was already a veteran freelance trumpeter in Los Angeles. Ronald could be seen and heard performing regularly with the Los Angeles Brass Ensemble and Los Angeles Brass Society, Dr. Lester E. Remsen, Director, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Brass Quintet. After a few years at the University of Southern California, Ron moved to New York. He attended The Juilliard School where he earned Bachelor and Masters Degrees and studied with William Vacchiano, legendary teacher and former Principal Trumpet of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. In New York City, Mr. Romm established himself as a top freelance musician performing with everything from the Radio City Music Hall Symphony Orchestra to the New York Philharmonic to Broadway shows, church concerts, the circus and ice shows.
In 1971, Ronald Romm joined the newly formed Canadian Brass, which later established itself as the premiere brass ensemble in the world. In June of 2000, he retired from the group after participating in well over 4,500 concerts, 60 recordings, numerous television concert specials, videos, and hundreds of master classes. He has performed with major orchestras and with the greatest living conductors in the world. Ron has shared the stage in live performance and recorded CDs with leading artists including Wynton Marsalis, Arturo Sandoval, Jon Faddis, Doc Severinsen, and brass performers from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Berlin Philharmonic. As an educator, Ronald Romm has contributed to the growth of brass performance through hundreds of student clinics and master classes worldwide.
In 2001 Ronald Romm was appointed Professor of Trumpet and BA Nugent Professor of Music Performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Romm maintains a full teaching schedule at the University of Illinois.
Ron Romm is a Yamaha Artist / Clinician.
AVIS FEDGE ROMM’s love affair with the piano began as early as age three. That passion led her to studies at The Juilliard School in New York and the pursuit of Bachelor of Music and Master of Science degrees. While in New York, she gave performances at Alice Tully Hall, Studios 58 and the Lincoln Center.
Ms Romm performed with the Juilliard Ensemble (Contemporary Music Ensemble founded by Luciano Berio and conducted by Dennis Russell Davies), The American Opera Center, as a member of The Juilliard Accompanying Staff and as a popular freelance and recording artist. In addition, she performed as a solo and ensemble pianist for radio, television and stage throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. Based in Canada, Avis soon found herself in demand as both pianist and music director. She appeared as soloist with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) radio and television networks, with the Bach Elgar Choir, the Tapestry Singers, Toronto Operetta Theatre and at the Banff School of Fine Arts.
Her broad musical interpretation and skill were especially useful for the more challenging contemporary repertoire. She often performed in recital with husband, Ronald Romm, former solo trumpeter with the world famous Canadian Brass.
As a Music Director for Theatre Aquarius, Avis received critical acclaim for her inspired performances of Cinderella, Charlie Brown, Jacques Brel, Oh, What a Lovely War and Ten Nights in a Bar-room. She also worked as Musical Arranger, Composer and Conductor for A Man For All Seasons and Music Director/Conductor for A Chorus Line.
Avis Fedge Romm is highly respected in the field of opera, having coached, directed, conducted and performed in hundreds of opera productions internationally both on stage and in the orchestra pit. Much of her work in Canada was recorded for broadcast on television and radio.
Since returning to the U.S. in the early 1990’s, Ms. Romm has worked extensively with the Sarasota Opera Company both as a musical/vocal coach and pianist/conductor and she performs regularly with internationally renowned soloists.
Avis’ ongoing commitment to education has led to her involvement with some unique musical endeavours. With a view to young people, she became a specialist in the Carabo-Cone Method, A Sensory-Motor Approach to Music Learning and spearheaded an innovative project by Yamaha Music Canada to integrate music education and classroom activities in the public schools. She has been involved both at the college and university level as a professor of piano in Canada and the U.S.
Avis is also well-known for her music editing skills and several of her more popular piano editions are available from Minstrel Press. They include works by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Schumann and Debussy. She edited for the piano, orchestral accompaniments for the popular Canadian Brass Solo Performing Editions for Trumpet (concertos by Haydn and Hummel), published by Hal Leonard Music, Inc.