Seattle Symphony names new concertmaster

Posted on: January 26, 2012

Wednesday (1/25) on the Seattle Times online, Michael Upchurch writes, “Starting in June 2012, the Seattle Symphony will have a new concertmaster. He’s Russian violinist Alexander Velinzon, currently the assistant concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a position he’s held since 2005. ‘I could not have dreamed of a better match for our Orchestra,’ Seattle Symphony music director Ludovic Morlot said in a statement. ‘I have had the privilege of working with Alex at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and … I cannot wait to share many musical emotions with him on stage at Benaroya Hall.’ As a violinist, Velinzon has performed with conductors James Levine, Kurt Masur, Sir Colin Davis and Michael Tilson Thomas. His chamber-music collaborators have included violinists Gil Shaham and Hilary Hahn. He’s also a longtime member of the Walden Chamber Players, and has served as both a soloist and concertmaster for the Paul Taylor Dance Company. As the Seattle Symphony’s David & Amy Fulton Concertmaster, he succeeds Maria Larionoff, who left the position in 2011.”

Posted January 26, 2012