Orchestra member since 1978
The Cleveland Institute of Music
Stephen Geber, Robert Newkirk, Allen Sher
Ralph plays a 1796 Vincenzo Panormo made in London.
Ralph used to play baritone horn and string bass, but it was the cello that brought him to The Cleveland Orchestra. Prior to joining TCO, and through his studies at CIM, Ralph was superstitious about auditions and would always wear the same combination of colors; unfortunately they were not a great match, but it worked! Ralph and his wife, Jan May, who is the Director of Social Work at the Family Planning Clinic of Northeast Ohio, have two children. Their son, Matthew is a medical student at the University of Pennsylvania, and their daughter, Michelle is attending Williams College. Ralph listens to any and every type of music, though rap is on the bottom of his playlist. He loves a good book, and in between playing an occasional tennis match, he teaches high school cellists. A Clevelander since 1978, Ralph likes the culture, restaurants, great parks and suburbs most about living in Cleveland.