Copake, NY, United States
Zoe Ronen was born in Queens, NY and grew up in Israel. He started studying trumpet at the age of 10 with an older trumpet student from his school. He then went on to study with trumpet player and teacher Guy Sarig, currently a member of The Israel Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra, and with Erez Hodara, member of the Haifa Symphony Orchestra. This was part of a “Mifnah” program supported by Zubin Mehta with the intention to promote musical talents in both Jewish and Arab students in northern Israel.
At age 16 Zoe moved with his family back to the States, where his parents live and work in a special community for people with disabilities called Camphill Village in Copake, NY. Zoe continued his trumpet lessons there with Sam Ponder, a teacher based in Pittsfield, MA and Allan Dean, trumpet professor in Yale School of Music. He also performed at his school and in the Empire State Youth Orchestra, Schenectady, NY. He graduated from Hawthorne Valley High School and received his Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University, where he took lessons with internationally renowned trumpet player Terry Everson.
Zoe won numerous scholarships in Israel and the US, including the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship, The Uel Wade Music Scholarship, the Henriette Reiss Art Scholarship, and Boston University Performance Scholarship. He has participated in summer programs and master-classes with Yigal Meltzer (principle, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Ram Oren (member, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra), and David Krauss (principal, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), among other esteemed brass musicians.