The Kennedy Center
Ira Gold

Ira Gold

Prior to joining the National Symphony, Ira Gold performed with several American orchestras, as Section Bass with the Minnesota Orchestra and as guest Principal Bassist with the San Francisco Symphony and Detroit Symphony. He has attended festivals such as Grand Teton Music Festival, Domaine Forget Music Academy, Aspen, and Tanglewood. Gold spent several summers at the International Festival Institute at Round Top both as a student and faculty. He has presented masterclasses and recitals throughout the United States, including The Juilliard School, Boston University, University of Michigan, Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin College, New England Conservatory, and the International Society of Bassists Convention, among many others. Gold maintains a studio of private students, has taught in the NSO Youth Fellowship program, and has been on Faculty at Peabody Conservatory since 2009. He is a co-founding member of Peabody Bass Works, DCBass, and Artistic Director of the Orchestral Bowing Workshop, which launched in 2016. He has also taught at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, NSO Summer Music Institute, and Catholic University of America.

An active chamber musician, Gold has performed with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra and the Peabody Conservatory Faculty, as well as at the NSO Millennium Stage Prelude Series, Smithsonian Chamber Series, and the New Orchestra of Washington. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, and his Master of Music degree at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. His primary teachers include Edwin Barker and Paul Ellison.

Contact Information

  • National Symphony Orchestra
    John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    2700 F Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20566
    Phone: 202-416-8100
    Fax: 202-416-8105

    Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 101510
    Arlington, VA 22210