Concertmaster Boisvert leaving Detroit Symphony

Posted on: May 26, 2011

In Thursday’s (5/26) Detroit Free Press, Mark Stryker writes, “The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is losing its highest-ranking musician, a significant artistic blow as the orchestra seeks to heal the wounds left by the epic six-month musicians’ strike that ended in April. Concertmaster Emmanuelle Boisvert, 47, first violinist of the DSO for 23 years and known for the refined elegance of her playing and her strong leadership of the string section, will become associate concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in September. … Boisvert—the first female concertmaster of a major American orchestra when she joined the DSO in 1988 at the strikingly young age of 25 and the orchestra’s most recognizable star—is the kind of high-profile loss that even casual concertgoers will notice. … In an interview, Boisvert declined to say whether Dallas offered her a pay raise. Boisvert informed her colleagues in the orchestra of her decision this morning. She acknowledged the difficult times at the DSO in the interview but said her decision to leave was motivated mostly by her experience performing with the Dallas Symphony this winter and the specifics of the job offer. … ‘They went out of their way to get me to come to Dallas, and they offered me a position I could not refuse,’ she said.”

Posted May 26, 2011