UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Bassist Ira Gold, a faculty member at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and The Catholic University of America, will present a recital in Penn State's Esber Recital Hall at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25. A member of the National Symphony Orchestra since 2005, he will perform sonatas written by Beethoven and Vivaldi, as well as a four-movement work by Czech double bassist Adolf Misek. Admission is free.
In addition, Gold will present a masterclass for Penn State double bass students at 1 p.m. March 25 in Esber Recital Hall. The masterclass is also open to the public.
Ira Gold's recital and masterclass are funded by Penn State's University Park Allocation Committee.
Sonata in F Major, Op. 17 -- Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, RV43 -- Antonio Vivaldi
Sonata in D Minor -- Adolf Misek
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 both 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 The 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.