Hon. Richard Gephardt

Raymond Gniewek

Naples Community Orchestra (NCO), under the direction of internationally renowned conductor and violinist Max Rabinovitsj, is pleased to announce the addition of two prestigious members of the Naples community to its Board of Directors: Hon. Richard Gephardt and retired Metropolitan Opera Concertmaster Raymond Gniewek.

Richard Gephardt, known for his Democratic leadership as a U.S. Representative from Missouri from 1977 to 2005, served as House Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995 and as House Minority Leader from 1995 to 2003. During this time, Mr. Gephardt worked tirelessly in a bipartisan fashion toward improving lives with a focus on improving access to healthcare and addressing climate change.

Mr. Gephardt’s quest for medical breakthroughs continues in his work as Chair of the Scripps Research Institute Board of Trustees, a private non-profit research organization engaged in basic biomedical science. He also continues to serve in the role of public spokesman as President and CEO of Gephardt Government Affairs, working with a broad array of Fortune 100 clients to bring about needed reforms for the betterment of our society.

Raymond Gniewek served in the distinguished role of Metropolitan Opera Concertmaster for 43 years. Appointed in 1957, he was the youngest person to have ever held the post. Originally from Long Island, New York, Mr. Gniewek studied at the Eastman School of Music with Andre de Ribaupierre and Joseph Knitzer. He soon became concertmaster of the Eastman Rochester Orchestra and associate concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic under Eric Leinsdorf before his appointment to the Metropolitan Opera.

An acclaimed violinist prior to his concertmaster appointment, Mr. Gniewek became entranced by world-renowned opera diva and soprano Judith Blegen, widely regarded for her role as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, singing on the Metropolitan Opera stage. Soon after they were married. The couple now lives in Naples full-time, contributing to the cultural richness of the community.