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Richard Weiner
Cleveland Institute of Music - United States


Richard Weiner is the principal percussionist of The Cleveland Orchestra and has held that position since 1968. He also serves as the Co-Head of the Timpani and Percussion Department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and is a former Director of the CIM Percussion Ensemble.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Temple University, Master of Music degree with distinction from Indiana University, and his Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from Cleveland State University.  Richard was a student of Charles Owen and George Gaber, and was the first percussionist to receive the Performer's Certificate from Indiana University.  Previous faculty appointments include the Settlement Music School of Philadelphia, Combs College of Music, Philadelphia Musical Academy, Philadelphia Board of Education, and Oberlin College.  Richard was a member of the Aspen Festival Orchestra, 1962, and Chautauqua Summer Symphony, 1964. He is a contributing editor to the Symphonic Percussion column of Percussive Notes, the official publication of the Percussive Arts Society.  He is a percussion clinician and a faculty member of the National Orchestra Institute, at PASIC, and for the New World Symphony.  He has been performed as a soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra and various contemporary music organizations.  His former students perform in symphony orchestras such as Cleveland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, the National, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as Hollywood studios and contemporary percussion ensembles such as The Percussion Group.  Richard is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and was appointed to the CIM faculty in 1963.


Cleveland Institute of Music