Cardenes takes final bow with Pittsburgh Symphony

Posted on: June 11, 2010

In Thursday’s (6/10) Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Mark Kanny writes, “Sunday afternoon, Andres Cardenes will draw his bow across the strings of his violin for the last time as concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. After 21 years in the post, he’s looking forward to the luxury of setting his own schedule.” Cardenes has stated that he is leaving to spend more energy on other performance pursuits and more time with his family. “During the concertmaster search that ended with Cardenes being hired, Pittsburgh Symphony principal cellist Anne Martindale Williams recalls ‘hoping we’d fine someone whose playing would be a source of inspiration each and every day. When Andres got here, I thought to myself, “Wow, that’s how I want to play,” ‘ she says. … Next season, Cardenes will occasionally be guest concertmaster of several orchestras, including Pittsburgh’s. He’ll continue playing chamber music and making recordings. And he’ll continue as head of the string department at Carnegie Mellon University, a devotion to teaching that is partly a reflection of the importance to him of his teacher.”

Posted June 11, 2010