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Ronald A. Crutcher, DMA

Ronald A. Crutcher began studying the cello at the age of 14 with Elizabeth Potteiger, a faculty member at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. At the age of 17 he won the Cincinnati Symphony Young Artist Competition. As a Woodrow Wilson and Ford Foundation Fellow, he studied at Yale University with the renowned cellist Aldo Parisot and became the first cellist to receive the Doctor of Musical Arts from Yale. As a Fulbright Fellow, Dr. Crutcher continued his studies in Germany with Siegfried Palm and Gerhard Mantel. Other teachers have included Janos Starker, Margaret Rowell, and Enrico Mainardi. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in March 1985.

A former member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, he has performed numerous recitals in the United States, Europe, and South America and has recorded for Austrian and German radio. Dr. Crutcher has written several articles on music for professional journals and reference books and has served internationally as a consultant for numerous music and fine arts programs.

He became a Professor of Music at the University of Richmond in July 2015, when he assumed the Presidency. He was previously Professor of Music at Wheaton College and Miami University of Ohio and held the Marie and Joseph D. Jamail, Sr. Regents Professorship, and then the Florence Thelma Hall Centennial Chair at the University of Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music, of which he was Director. Prior to that, he was Dean of the Conservatory at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

He has served on the boards of the Berklee College of Music, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cincinnati Opera Association, the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble, the Sphinx Foundation, and numerous music festivals and organizations. He was President of Chamber Music America from 1996 to 2000.


The Klemperer Trio

Formed in 1980, The Klemperer Trio has performed to critical acclaim in the United States and Europe. The trio consists of Erika Klemperer, violin; Dr. Crutcher, violoncello; and Gordon Back, piano. They are a chamber ensemble of exceptional musicianship, with a repertoire spanning musical styles from classical to contemporary.

"A trio of three brilliant artists who play as one."
San Francisco Chronicle


Performing Arts Service

  • Board of Directors, Richmond Symphony: 2015–
  • Board of Overseers, Boston Symphony Orchestra: 2013–2015
  • Board of Advisors, The Sphinx Organization: 2003–
  • Board, The Cincinnati Opera Association: 2001–04
  • International Trustee, The Musical Arts Association (The Cleveland Orchestra): 1996–
  • Board of Trustees, The Cavani Quartet: 1994–
  • Board of Trustees, Austin Symphony Orchestra: 1994–99; Executive Committee: 1994–99
  • Board of Directors, Chamber Music America: 1993–2001; Vice President: 1994–96; President: 1996–2000
  • Board of Trustees, The Musical Arts Association (The Cleveland Orchestra): 1993–96
  • Board of Advisors, The Harlem Spiritual Ensemble (New York City): 1993–96

Audio and image courtesy of Wheaton College

Hear The Klemperer Trio:

Opus 70, No 1: Allegro Vivace