Columbus Symphony appoints concertmaster after a two-year gap

Posted on: August 2, 2013

In Thursday’s (8/1) Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), Michael Grossberg reports, “The Columbus Symphony has named Jean-Sebastien Roy as its concertmaster. The native of Montreal—who performed as guest concertmaster with the symphony during its 2012-13 season—is under contract to lead the symphony for the 2013-14 season, the final year for Music Director Jean-Marie Zeitouni. Roy will provide leadership within the violin section and represent the orchestra in central Ohio and beyond. The symphony hasn’t had a concertmaster since January 2011, when Charles Wetherbee resigned after 16 years. In a statement, Zeitouni called Roy, 33, ‘a remarkable musician I have known and respected for many years.’ In Canada, Roy was awarded the 2006 Prix d’Europe. … He has been a guest soloist with Canadian ensembles, including the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Edmonton (Alberta) Symphony Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy and Orchestre Metropolitain de Montreal. … He will perform for the first time as concertmaster on Oct. 5 in the Ohio Theatre as part of the season opener, consisting of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”).”

Posted August 2, 2013