Richard Weiner is co-head of the Timpani and Percussion Department. Appointed to The Cleveland Orchestra in 1963, he served as principal percussionist from 1968-2011, holding the Margaret Allen Ireland Chair. In 2011 Weiner received The Cleveland Orchestra Distinguished Service Award. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Temple University, a Master of Music degree with distinction from Indiana University and a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Cleveland State University. His teachers were Charles Owen and George Gaber and he was the first percussionist to receive the Performers Certificate from Indiana University. His previous faculty appointments include Oberlin College.
Weiner was a member of the Aspen Festival Orchestra and the Chautauqua Summer Symphony. Presently he performs with the Grand Teton Music Festival. He has toured the globe with The Cleveland Orchestra, performed on more than 175 recordings with Maestros Szell, Boulez, Maazel, Dohnányi, Welser Möst and Ashkenazy including the heralded recordings of The Cleveland Symphonic Winds, conducted by Frederick Fennell. He has participated in more than 100 world and U.S. premieres. He is a contributing editor to the Symphonic Percussion column of Percussive Notes and a faculty member of the National Orchestra Institute. He continues to present Master Classes, the latest of which were classes at USC, Carnegie-Mellon University, the University of Central Florida, Youngstown State University as well as Distance Learning Classes and as a seminar participant at the New World Symphony.
Weiner has been a soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra and various contemporary music organizations. He was appointed to the CIM faculty in 1963.
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