Member Spotlight

Dr. LowenheimDr. Thomas Loewenheim is currently Head of Strings, Professor of Cello, and Conductor of the University Orchestra at California State University, Fresno, and the conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the Youth Orchestras of Fresno. Previously he taught at the Indiana University String Academy and the Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), and served as music director and conductor of the Musical Arts Youth Orchestra (MAYO) in south-central Indiana.

Loewenheim earned a doctorate in cello performance from the renowned Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he studied with Janos Starker and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and was mentored in conducting by David Effron. He received a master’s degree from the University of Michigan under Erling Blondal Bengtsson and a bachelor’s degree from the Rubin Academy for Music and Dance in Jerusalem. He also took part in master classes with Yo-Yo Ma, Mischa Maisky, Antonio Meneses, Arto Noras, Aldo Parisot, William Pleeth, and Menahem Pressler, among others. He plays a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume cello, made in 1848.

Dr. Loewenheim is also an active researcher, who has been rediscovering lost masterpieces, then performing and editing them. He has been the dedicatee of a number of cello works, most unaccompanied.

Dr. Vida Samian, Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities recently wrote, “During the short time he has been with us Thomas Lowenheim has had an amazing transformational impact on our University Orchestra program. He has also transformed the landscape and future of music education through his dedication and hard work with the Youth Philharmonic. He brings boundless energy, passion, depth of expertise and a lot of heart to his teaching and mentoring.”

Dr. Lowenheim was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi by petition of Chapter 062 in April 2011.