“It’s official,” writes Mark Stryker in Monday’s (5/7) Detroit Free Press. “The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has hired violinist Yoonshin Song, a 30-year-old native of South Korea, as its new concertmaster. Song, whose audition reached its denouement with a high-stakes trial week that concluded with a concert [Sunday] afternoon at Orchestra Hall, has been a member of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra since 2010. She is also the grand prize winner of the 2007 Stradivarius International Violin Competition. Music director Leonard Slatkin announced her hiring from the stage today at intermission. Landing Song is a major artistic coup for the DSO as it rebuilds after last year’s debilitating strike. … ‘I had a really exciting week,’ said Song. ‘In rehearsal I felt so comfortable and got such positive feelings from people. I think with Mr. Slatkin we really interacted well.’ … The DSO was stung last May when in the wake of the strike’s contract settlement former concertmaster Emmanuelle Boisvert resigned. Finding a violinist of Song’s caliber so swiftly surpasses even the most the optimistic expectations inside and outside of the orchestra. … Adam Stepniewski, acting principal second violinist, said from the first rehearsal Song fit into the orchestra as if she had been playing with the ensemble for years.” Song studied at the New England Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music.
Posted May 7, 2012