Ronald Lantz, violin
Ronald Lantz is a founding member of the Portland String Quartet. In his 44 years with the ensemble, he has performed in 33 countries, throughout Europe, South America, the Caribbean, Japan and Russia, touring both privately and as a musical ambassador for the US State Department. He has appeared in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Museum, the National Gallery (Washington, DC), the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston), the Chicago Chamber Music Society, Suntory Hall and Casals Hall (Tokyo), the Herodus Atticus Theatre (Athens), the Rimini Festival in Italy, the Festival of Northern Norway, and the Mozart Festival in Rio de Janeiro. College tours have included Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Brown, Dartmouth, Boston College, Hunter College, Williams, Wesleyan, Mount Holyoke, Baylor, and the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.
Mr. Lantz may be heard in over 20 recordings with the Portland String Quartet on the Arabesque, Northeastern and Orion labels, among others. Numerous awards include a Grammy nomination, “Classical Recording of the Year” from the New York Times, “Classical Music Release of the Year” from the Washington Post and “Best Chamber Music Recording” from the Boston Globe. Live radio appearances include St. Paul Sunday Morning, WGBH Morning Pro Musica with Robert J. Lurtsema, and WNYC and WQXR in New York. He and the quartet have collaborated with artists such as Menahem Pressler, Joseph Silverstein, Sharon Robinson, Jamie Laredo, Igor Kipnis, David Shifrin, Michael Tree, Lorin Hollander and Nathaniel Rosen.
Mr. Lantz began his duo collaboration with pianist Laura Kargul in 2010 and he now enjoys a growing career as a recitalist, drawing particular praise for his “fine singing tone.” (Portland Press Herald) “He has a warm, expressive, singing tone, one that is both rich and full-bodied. His intonation is razor sharp and his playing reveals superb musical insights. He has an impeccable technique and one that exists to serve the music.... [Lantz and Kargul] gave the audience an unforgettable concert, one that provided sincere as well as passionate music making, a marvelous mix of intellect and musicianship of the highest order.” (Journal Tribune)
A devoted teacher, Mr. Lantz, along with the Portland String Quartet, was invited by José Antonio Abreu to work with the first Inter-American Youth Orchestra in Venezuela, which began a long association and partnership in helping to build the Simón Bolívar Orchestra and El Sistema, from 1976 to 2002. El Sistema continues to send talented young students to the US to study with Lantz and his colleagues. He and the quartet have given over 1,000 youth concerts in the US and abroad, and have conducted chamber music seminars across the US and South America.
Mr. Lantz has served on the music faculties of Bowdoin, Bates and Colby Colleges, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Southern Maine and Portland Conservatory of Music. He maintains a large private studio in Portland, Maine, and his students have won music scholarships to institutions such as the Juilliard School of Music, Indiana University, the New England Conservatory, Mannes School of Music, the San Francisco Conservatory, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Ithaca College and the University of Colorado, Boulder.
A resident of Portland, Mr. Lantz holds an honorary Doctorate in Music from Colby College. He is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Music, where he studied with Daniel Guilet, the founding violinist of the Beaux Arts Trio, and coached with Josef Gingold. He also studied chamber music with Janos Starker, Menahem Pressler and the Berkshire Quartet. During his graduate work at the Juilliard School and summer studies at Meadowmount, he studied with Ivan Galamian, Sally Thomas, Paul Makanowitzky and Josef Gingold. Mr. Lantz performs on a violin made in Paris in the 1850's by the renowned instrument and bow maker Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume.
Quartet |Dean Stein | Ronald Lantz | Julia Adams| Paul Ross|