Ronald Haroutunian is an active performing artist in the New England area. He has been principal bassoonist with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project since its founding in 1996. Mr. Haroutunian started his formal musical training at New England Conservatory studying with Matthew Ruggiero, and later studied with Sherman Walt at Boston University. In addition to performing with BMOP, Mr. Haroutunian is principal bassoon with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, and substitute player for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops, having served as second bassoon with the BSO in the 1999-2000 season. His other ensemble performances include Boston Ballet, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Classical Orchestra, and Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Haroutunian has toured with BMOP in New York City, with the Boston Symphony on their 1998 European Tour, with the Boston Esplanade Orchestra to Japan with conductors John Williams and Keith Lockhart, and also numerous tours in the United States with the Boston Pops. Mr. Haroutunian has been a soloist with BMOP, the Boston Pops, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Boston Classical Orchestra, New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra, and Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra. He currently teaches bassoon at the University of Connecticut, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University, Tufts University, and also maintains a private studio.
Mr. Haroutunian coaches chamber music with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and has extensive chamber music experience working with the New England Wind Quintet, New England Reed Trio, Monadnock Music, and Alea III, to name a few. Mr. Haroutunian has been actively committed to performing new music since 1974, and has been involved with numerous premieres and commissions. In addition to recordings with BMOP/sound, Mr. Haroutunian has recorded on other labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, Philips Records, Northeastern Records, and Albany Records.