Prior to joining the National Symphony Orchestra in 2005, 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, Round Top, Aspen, and Tanglewood. Gold has presented masterclasses and recitals throughout the United States and abroad, including The Moscow State Conservatory, The Colburn School, University of Southern California, The Juilliard School, Boston University, and the International Society of Bassists Convention, among many others.
Gold maintains a studio of private students, has taught in the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship program, and has been a Double Bass Faculty member at Peabody Conservatory since 2009. He currently spends his summers teaching at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Bass Works at Peabody, and DCBass. Gold was previously on the faculty at Catholic University of America (CUA), and performed the Vanhal Bass Concerto at Carnegie Hall with the CUA Symphony Orchestra.
An active chamber musician, Ira Gold has since performed with East Coast Chamber Orchestra, the NSO Millennium Stage Prelude Series, Peabody Conservatory Faculty, 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, where he won the strings division of the 2005 Concerto Competition. His primary teachers include Edwin Barker and Paul Ellison.