Retired, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Herold Klein is a retired member of The Philadelphia Orchestra, having served from 1971 through October of 2011. He began studying the violin at the age of four with private teachers in Detroit, and was playing with community orchestras, including the South Oakland Symphony, by the time he was nine. He continued his studies at the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan, at the Meadowmount School of Music, and at the American Federation of Musicians Congress of Strings. His teachers have included Mischa Mischakoff, Ivan Galamian, Rafael Druian and Josef Gingold.
Mr. Klein entered Wayne State University in 1962, joined the Indianapolis Symphony the following year, and in 1964 became a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra while continuing his academic studies at Wayne State. He served as a member of the United States Army Band Strolling Strings, and held the position of Concertmaster of the Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra for many years. Since 1991 he has enjoyed giving his time as Concertmaster of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra. For the past several years, he has also assisted the Lower Merion Symphony as Concertmaster. He is also a former member of the Camilli String Quartet. In 2010, Mr. Klein received the prestigious C.Hartman Kuhn Award, given annually by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association to a musician who “has shown ability and enterprise of such character as to enhance the standard and the reputation of The Philadelphia Orchestra.”
Mr. Klein has also worked with young people in schools and at community music workshops in Upper Darby and Drexel Hill. Additionally, he currently serves as a string coach and mentor for the Philadelphia Region Youth String Music (PRYSM) program, a developmental arm of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra.