Ronald Cole has a BA in music and a standard music credential from California State University, Hayward. Mr. Cole attended graduate music studies at UC Berkeley, studying composition with Joaquin Nin-Culmell. Ron studied piano with Marcus Gordon at the SF Conservatory of Music (Mr. Gordon's teacher was the legendary pianist Josef Lhevinne). Ron's theory professor at the Conservatory was Sol Joseph.
Additionaly, Ron attended Master Classes at Mill's College with John Browning and Karl Ulrich Schnabel. Other piano teachers were Julian White, Rudolph Hainke, and Edelgard Hainke.
He is a faculty member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers and is a member of the California Music Teachers Association.
Ronald Cole has a considerable reputation in Northern California as well as the Rocky Mountain region as a pianist, giving concerts both as soloist and accompaniest with various orchestras and ensembles. In 1963, he was awarded the Rice Memorial Award for pianists from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Ron maintains a large following of piano students. The Sherman Clay Co. has awarded their coveted 'Music Merit Award' four times to his pupils who have given Bay Area piano debuts. Mr. Cole has also coached students in international piano competition. The Berkeley Promenade Symphony Orchestra Auditions for pianists was won by his Korean pupil, Un Suk Yoo, who played Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto in their 1973 concert series.
In 2004, Ron Cole's student, Jeremiah Trujillo, won the junior division of the North State Symphony Young Artist Competition, playing the first movement of the Grieg Concerto.
In 2009, Jeremiah won the 2009 North State Symphony Music Contest: Collegiate Division at CSU Chico. He played the first movement of the Khachaturian Piano Concerto, and performed the same piece with the full orchestra in September of that year.
In 2011, Ron's student, Arthur Silverstein took 1st Prize at the International French Piano Competition in Vertou, France (3/27/2011).
Besides his role as performer and teacher, Ronald Cole has been active in music education and therapy. He directed rehabilitation programs in music for the California State Penal System at San Quentin. The radio station KTIM in San Rafael, the Independent Journal, and the San Francisco Chronicle, all made dramatic appeals for donations. The Sherman Clay Co. donated $13,000 worth of instruments to these programs.