THE STEPHENSON FAMILY CHAIR
John Pellegrino is Principal Bass of the Peninsula Music Festival, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival and has performed, toured and recorded with many of this country’s leading orchestras. As a chamber musician John has collaborated with such artists as Joseph Kalichstein, William Preucil, Ronald Leonard and James Dunham as well as the Miami String Quartet and the Apple Hill String Quartet. Other chamber music performances have included concerts at the Roycroft, Sarasota, Aspen, Waterloo, Grand Teton festivals as well as OSU’s Contemporary Music Festival, the Sunday at Central recital series in Columbus, OH and at the OWU•//•NOW contemporary music festival in Delaware, OH. In 2007 John was named Artistic Director of Music on the Hill, a chamber music festival located in the Ocean State. Before moving to Ohio in 1989, John was a section member of the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra. Prior to joining the NOSO John earned degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School. Mr. Pellegrino has served on the faculties of Ohio Wesleyan University, the Eastern Music Festival (NC), the Warwick Music Festival (RI), Kinhaven Music Camp (VT) and the Chamber Music Connection in Worthington, Ohio. In 2008, John was the recipient of the Ohio Private/Studio Teacher of the Year award given by the Ohio String Teacher’s Association. His students have won competitions held by the International Society of Bassists, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, Ohio String Teachers Association, Interlochen Arts Camp and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
John was born and raised in Warwick, RI and owes much to his family of music educators/performers, private teachers, the public school music program in Warwick and to the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra program under the direction of Nedo Pandolfi.