I have learned that Ronald Knudsen, former BSO violinist and Newton resident, has passed away on March 29 at age 83. Maestro Knudsen was also the music director of the New Philharmonia Orchestra, which is how I met him. I had the privilege of soloing with New Phil last spring under his baton (here is the photo from that performance). From my experience, he was a wonderful person with a great sense of humor, who appreciated and mentored musical talent. I truly enjoyed working with him, and he will be deeply missed.