Cellist Bjorn Ranheim was appointed to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in 2005 and also holds the principal chair of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, Colorado. Previously, he served as Associate Principal Cello of the Fort Worth Symphony and is in his sixth season with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. He has performed and toured with many major US orchestras and collaborated with various renowned conductors. Mr. Ranheim has held principal and assistant principal cello positions with the New World Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, Aspen Festival Orchestra and Quebec City’s Le Violons du Roy. Actively performing in chamber music, Ranheim has toured extensively in the United States, Europe and Central America, and has participated in numerous prestigious seminars and festivals. A committed advocate of contemporary music, Ranheim has performed world premieres of distinctive new compositions. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.