Bjorn Ranheim

Cellist Bjorn Ranheim was appointed to the Saint Louis Symphony in 2005 and is a member of the Sun Valley Music Festival in Idaho.  He served as principal cellist with the Colorado Music Festival from 2006 – 2015 and has performed and toured with the orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland and Detroit.

Bjorn Ranheim has been featured as soloist on multiple occasions with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and Colorado Music Festival, as well as with the New World Symphony, Saint Louis Philharmonic, Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis, Columbia Civic Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra and the Washington University Symphony Orchestra.

Actively performing in chamber music, Bjorn Ranheim has toured extensively in the United States, Europe and Central America, with performances at Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Gardner Museum, Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica, and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. He has participated in the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Seminar, Costa Rica International Chamber Music Festival, Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival and Jackson Hole Chamber Music Festival.

Mr. Ranheim is highly visible throughout the St. Louis region, presenting recitals, educational programs and chamber music performances. In January 2020, he was featured alongside St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Artist-in-Residence, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, in Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 as part of Washington University’s Great Artist Series.  He is a core member of the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis and was the cellist with Washington University’s Eliot Piano Trio with St. Louis Symphony concertmaster, David Halen, and the late pianist, Seth Carlin. Mr. Ranheim’s recording of J.S. Bach Suite No. 3 for Unaccompanied Cello was released on AAM Recordings in 2013.

Seeking out new directions and partners in music making, Bjorn Ranheim has collaborated with internationally known jazz musicians, sharing the stage and recording studio with Branford Marsalis, Christian McBride, Peter Martin, Jeremy Davenport & Brian Owens. In the spring of 2011, Mr. Ranheim appeared on the nationally renowned radio program, A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, performing alongside jazz vocalist, Erin Bode.  Mr. Ranheim is a founding member of The 442s, an acoustic string ensemble that pursues innovative, genre-defying music making and collaborations.

A committed advocate of contemporary solo and chamber music, Bjorn Ranheim has given world-premier performances of works by the late Stephen Paulus, Paul Schoenfield, Steven Heitzig, Peter Martin, Stefan Freund and William Beckstrand.

Bjorn Ranheim serves as Music Director for the World Chess Hall of Fame, curating the Monthly Music Series, which features all genres of music, as well as the Composers Series, featuring chamber music by foremost composers throughout history.

As a mentor and coach, Bjorn Ranheim has been invited to work with the New World Symphony, Indiana University Summer Music Festival and the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. Mr. Ranheim has been a featured contributor to MUSAIC – the online video lesson library curated by the New World Symphony as well as the Online Music Academy produced by the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis.

Bjorn Ranheim studied at The Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Stephen Geber, former principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Mr. Ranheim lives in the historic Shaw neighborhood of St. Louis with his wife, Dorie, and their beautiful daughters, Inga & Freya.