Cellist Bjorn Ranheim was appointed to the Saint Louis Symphony in 2005 and is a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho. He has appeared as soloist with the Saint Louis Symphony, Colorado Music Festival and New World Symphony. As a chamber musician, Ranheim has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Central America and is highly visible throughout the St. Louis region. Seeking out new directions in music making, Ranheim has collaborated with jazz luminaries Branford Marsalis and Christian McBride and is a founding member of The 442s, a genre-defying acoustic ensemble. A committed advocate of contemporary music, Ranheim has given world-premier performances of works by the late Stephen Paulus, Paul Schoenfield, Steven Heitzig and Stefan Freund. Bjorn Ranheim serves as Music Director for the World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis, curating 24 concerts per year that span the musical spectrum.