Ronald Allen Cole, teacher of many award-winning students over forty years, is a well-known pianist and teacher throughout the western United States. Mr. Cole has gained a considerable reputation as a pianist giving concerts both as soloist and accompanist with various orchestras and ensembles. While a student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he was awarded the “Rice Memorial Award” for pianists.
Mr. Cole maintains a large following of piano students and has coached students in international piano competitions. He has served as past president of both the Performing Arts Society of Contra Costa County and the Shasta Symphony and was a member of the Board of Directors of the North State Symphony. He was a member of the Board of Regents of the North State Symphony. He is a faculty member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers and is a member of the California Music Teachers Association.
The Ronald Allen Piano Studio is located in downtown Redding, Ca. Ron offers private and class piano lessons to students of all ages and abilities in a number of musical styles: classical, jazz, blues, latin, and popular. In addition, private lessons in music theory are available.
Ronald Cole has a BA in music and a music credential from California State University, Hayward. Mr. Cole attended graduate music studies at UC Berkeley, studying composition with Joaquin Nin-Culmell. Ron studied piano with Marcus Gordon at the SF Conservatory of Music (Mr. Gordon’s teacher was the legendary pianist Josef Lhevinne). Ron’s theory professor at the Conservatory was Sol Joseph.
Additionally, Mr. Cole attended Master Classes at Mill’s College with John Browning and Karl Ulrich Schnabel. Other piano teachers were Julian White, Rudolph Hainke, and Edelgard Hainke.
In 2004, Mr. Cole’s student, Jeremiah Trujillo, won the junior division of the North State Symphony Young Artist Competition, playing the first movement of the Grieg Concerto.
In 2009, Jeremiah won the 2009 North State Symphony Music Contest: Collegiate Division at CSU Chico. He played the first movement of the Khachaturian Piano Concerto, and performed the same piece with the full orchestra in September of that year.
Besides his role as performer and teacher, Ronald Cole has been active in music education and therapy. He directed rehabilitation programs in music for the California State Penal System at San Quentin. The radio station KTIM in San Rafael, the Independent Journal, and the San Francisco Chronicle, all made dramatic appeal for donation. The Sherman Clay Co. donated $13,000 worth of instruments to these programs.