Before coming to The Cleveland Orchestra, Ralph Curry cut short his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music to accept a one-year substitute cello position with the New York Philharmonic. He held the principal cello chair of the Colorado Philharmonic and performed as a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra before joining The Cleveland Orchestra in 1978. Mr. Curry has appeared as a soloist with the Colorado Philharmonic and with the symphony orchestra of Detroit and Pittsburgh.
Mr. Curry attended Kent/Blossom Music and the Colorado Philharmonic (now the National Repertory Orchestra). Born in Pittsburgh, Mr. Curry studied with Stephen Geber (former principal cello of The Cleveland Orchestra), Robert Newkirk, and Allen Sher. He has participated in masterclasses with Mstislav Rostropovich, Janos Starker, Zara Nelsova, and the Guarneri String Quartet. Formerly, Mr. Curry performed with the Severance Trio. Currently, he plays chamber music as a member of the Amici String Quartet. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis.
Mr. Curry and his wife, Jan May, have a son, Matthew May-Curry, and a daughter, Michelle May-Curry. Mr. Curry has a musical brother, William Henry Curry, who is the associate conductor of the North Carolina Symphony.
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