Principal Fretted Instruments/Assistant Principal Cello Laureate
Irvin Kauffman has relinquished his position of Assistant Principal Cello; in recognition of his 34 years of dedicated service, the Pittsburgh Symphony has awarded him the chair of Assistant Principal Cello Laureate. Mr. Kauffman retains the chair of Principal Fretted Instruments.
Mr. Kauffman began his musical training at the age of 12 with the violin, and four months later began study of the cello. He studied cello with Luigi Silva at the Norfolk Summer School of Yale University School of Music, privately in New York City and at the Peabody Conservatory, as well as with Leonard Rose and Alfred Wallenstein.
His chamber music training was received in Norfolk, Virginia, under the tutelage of Israel E. Feldman, director of the Feldman Quartet and student of Franz Kneisel of the famed Kneisel Quartet. His string quartet experience includes the Kohon Quartet, Empire Quartet and the Ottawa Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony string quartets. He also has performed educational concerts with the Gateway to Music String Quartet in and around Pittsburgh. He is a founding member of the critically-acclaimed "Il Quattro" string quartet, which can be heard on Alanna compact discs.
In a career spanning over four decades, Irvin Kauffman has performed as soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Wheeling Symphony and the Virginia Beach Pops, as well as in recital throughout the eastern seaboard. In addition, he has made many radio and television appearances including performances on WQXR-FM's "Artists-in-Concert" and the prestigious Gulbenkian Series at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
An avid guitarist, Mr. Kauffman was instrumental in the development of the guitar departments of several local colleges and universities, including Carlow College, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham College, Community College of Allegheny County, University of Pittsburgh and the Dana School of Music of Youngstown University. In 1977 he was appointed to the faculty of Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he holds the chair of Associate Professor of Guitar (see http://www.iup.edu/~acellist/).
In addition to guitar, Mr. Kauffman plays the cello, bass, mandolin and banjo, as well as the flute, piccolo and tuba. He also composes film scores; one of the films for which he wrote -- "Coming Home," a docudrama from WQED -- won a Golden Eagle Award from C.I.N.E.
Irvin Kauffman will be devoting more time to composition and record producing. He currently works with a "heavy metal blues" band named "Raging Through and Through"; their new CD, 5:17, can be found on Mr. Kauffman's record company's web site: Sgwheat Records and Publications (http://www.sgwheat.com/).