Music Director, HCCO
Violinist and conductor Ronald Mutchnik graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County summa cum laude, where he studied with Robert Gerle. While there, he won the Baltimore Music Club’s and Baltimore Musicians’ competitions. He earned his Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Joseph Gingold and Masuko Ushioda. He continued post-graduate studies at Tel Aviv University in Israel with Yair Kless.
Mr. Mutchnik, a resident of Howard County since 1983, is active as an orchestral violinist, chamber musician, recitalist, and soloist. He has served as Concertmaster and Assistant Concertmaster with the Maryland Symphony, National Chamber Orchestra, Handel Choir’s and the Columbia Pro Cantare’s Festival Orchestras, and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras in Maryland, as well as orchestras in Louisiana, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Minnesota. He appeared in the film Washington Square, performing his own composition. He was a featured soloist for the Maryland Ballet Theater and performed in Maryland and Alabama in a special recital, “Music of the Jewish Soul.”
His most recent performance of the Bach Chaconne at the Baltimore Bach Concert Series was described by Michael Lawrence, creator and director of the critically acclaimed movie Bach & Friends as a “nuanced and expressive” interpretation that “holds up with the best performances I have heard.”Mr. Mutchnik has taught in several universities and colleges and currently teaches privately and at Towson University where he has been an adjunct faculty member for Music Education since 2010. He was President of the American String Teacher’s Association’s Maryland/DC Chapter and produced a video for violinists and violists entitled “Posture & Balance: The Dynamic Duo.” and is currently at work on a new video on Fifteen Principles of Violin Playing. He has toured Korea, coaching and performing chamber music.
Mr. Mutchnik is a founding member of and performer with the chamber music series based in Columbia, Maryland “ Sundays At Three” and is chair of its artistic committee. More recently, he performed in the United States State Department’s concert series and on the An Die Musik series in Baltimore. In 2008, he formed Howard County’s first professional chamber orchestra, The Orchestra of St. John’s. This year, he helped form the Howard County Concert Orchestra, Howard County’s only all professional orchestra. Mr. Mutchnik is the 2009 recipient of the Howie Award given for Outstanding Artist of the Year. and also won the 2010 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award for the Maryland/DC Chapter of the American String Teachers Association.