Second Assistant Concertmaster
Ramsey Husser’s parents placed a violin under his chin when he was only 4 years old, but his passion for the instrument was kindled ten years later. That was when he heard the OSM for the first time, performing Mahler’s Symphony no. 1 during a tour to Vancouver. He studied music in his hometown, then in Bloomington and Baltimore before joining the OSM in 1993. His favourite musical memory with Kent Nagano and the Orchestra occurred during a performance of the St John Passion and particularly the aria “Zerfliezze, mein Herze” sung by soprano Ruth Ziesak. He was so moved that he had to hold back his tears both in rehearsal and in concert.
Joined the OSM in: 1993
Model of instrument: Violin by Guy Harrisson (Ottawa), 2016
Favourite works: Mahler’s symphonies nos 4 and 7 and Song of the Earth, Fauré’s Requiem, Beethoven’s last quartets, J. S. Bach’s Solo Cello Suites and Elgar’s Violin Concerto played by Jascha Heifetz