Richard von Foerster, Cellist, is an active performer and teacher in the Rocky Mountain region. He recently retired after 16 years as principal cellist with the Cheyenne (WY) Symphony, where he was twice the featured concerto soloist. He has also played principal cello with the Annapolis (MD) Symphony, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra (MD), and the Central City Opera Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, he performs regularly with the Confluence String Quartet, which recently appeared in collaboration with Denver’s Wonderbound dance company. He is also a founding member and programming director of The Playground Ensemble, Denver’s premier new music group. With that ensemble, he has played much standard repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as dozens of works by local composers, including many pieces commissioned by or written for the Playground Ensemble. Richard also teaches music theory, musicology, and chamber music at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music.
He holds a Masters in Music Theory from the University of Denver and a Ph.D in Music from the University of Colorado, specializing in chamber music of the 20th century and theories of rhythm and meter. Before pursuing graduate studies in music, he worked for many years as a clinical psychologist specializing in emergency mental health assessment, treatment of severe and persistent mental illnesses, and trauma recovery.