Virginia Kron, cellist, received her Bachelor’s degree in cello performance from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and her Master’s, with a prize in performance, from the University of Southern California. In 1979 she traveled to England to study with William Pleeth, teacher of Jacqueline du Pré. Upon returning to the U.S., Virginia joined Orange County’s Pacific Symphony Orchestra. She is the cello instructor at Ventura College and principal cellist and Director of New Music for Pacific Shores Philharmonic Orchestra, a new southern California ensemble.
Virginia specializes in performances of chamber and new music. Her concerto performances include the premiere of John Biggs’ Concerto for Cello and Chamber Orchestra with New West Symphony. She subsequently recorded it in Prague with the Czech National Symphony. 2011 brought numerous solo performances including an appearance at UCSB’s Primavera Festival, a lecture/masterclass at California State University Northridge and a chamber music concert on Lick Observatory’s Music of the Spheres series, segued in 2012. Virginia has participated in many festivals including Aspen, Tanglewood, Ojai, San Luis Obispo, and Rome. She is proud of being a tenured member of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz.
In 2010 Virginia was selected for in depth documentation and filmed interview for live audience by Ventura County’s Focus on the Masters series. She has been invited to perform a work for cello by Christopher Hopkins at the 2012 College Music Society conference in San Diego.