DAVID CERONE, Mus.D, Violin, served as President of The Cleveland Institute of Music from 1985 to 2008. Born in Syracuse, New York, he began violin studies with his father, then went to Detroit at the age of eleven to study with Mischa Mischakoff, famed concertmaster of the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini. His studies were completed as a scholarship student at the Juilliard School of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music with the renowned pedagogue Ivan Galamian. He made his New York recital debut in Town Hall in 1967.
Dr. Cerone served on the faculty of the Oberlin CollegeConservatory of Music for nine years, and for ten years was Chairman of the String Depart ment at The Cleveland Institute of Music, holding the distinguished Kulas Professorship in Violin. In 1975, he joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and commuted to that city from Cleveland. He founded the prestigious Cleveland Chamber Music Seminar in 1974 and served as its Director until 1981, when he moved to Philadelphia to accept the position of Chairman of the Violin Department at Curtis, succeeding the late Ivan Galamian. In 1985, Dr. Cerone, with his wife, violinist Linda Sharon Cerone, Artistic Director of the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory String Department, founded the nationally acclaimed ENCORE School for Strings in Hudson, Ohio.
Dr. Cerone has retired from a very active solo recital and chamber music career. He was violinist in the Cleveland Chamber Players with colleagues Robert Vernon and Anne Epperson, and from 1984 to 1989 was violinist of the Canterbury Trio. David Cerone made his Cleveland Orchestra solo debut in 1987 playing Chausson's Poe and Saint-Sas' Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso with maestro Christoph von Dohnyi, conductor. In October 1987, he worldpremiered Donald Erb's View of Space and Time for violin and chamber ensemble, commissioned for Dr. Cerone to celebrate the Michelson-Morley Centennial Celebration.
Dr. Cerone's extremely popular recordings of the Suzuki Violin Method Books I through IV are issued by Alfred Publishing. He also serves an Auxiliary Director of the International Board of the International Suzuki Association.
He presented a series of master classes, lectures and a recital for the Talent Education Research Institute's Teachers Convention in Hamamatsu, Japan, the first foreigner to address this illustrious group, and performed in the St. Barts Music Festival for several seasons.
He was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University, in 2009. Dr. Cerone received the 2011 Cleveland Arts Prize, Lifetime Achievement Award in Music.