Artistic: Richmond Symphony

Posted on: October 11, 2013

Four musicians have been named to one-year positions at the Richmond (Va.) Symphony for 2013-14: ESTHER NAHM, assistant principal viola; SAM ROTHSTEIN, bass clarinet; GRACE SHRYOCK, assistant principal oboe/English horn; and ELENA YAKOVLEVA, flute and piccolo.

Esther Nahm, assistant principal viola, holds a bachelor’s degree and a performance certificate from Boston University and a master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute. She has served as principal viola in the Erie (Pa.) Philharmonic, performed in the Canton (Ohio) Symphony, and participated in the National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto Music Festival USA, Tanglewood Music Center, Banff Centre, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

Sam Rothstein, bass clarinet, has been a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago since 2012, has performed at Spoleto Festival USA, and is a frequent substitute in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, and Illinois Symphony Orchestra. Rothstein is a graduate of Northwestern University and furthered his training as a fellow at Tanglewood Music Center for two summers.

Grace Shryock, assistant principal oboe/English horn, is also a member of the Albany (N.Y.) Symphony Orchestra and has performed with such organizations as the New York Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, and Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. She has been heard on numerous commercial recordings and holds faculty posts at Virginia Commonwealth University and Manhattan School of Music.

Elena Yakovleva, flute and piccolo, holds the piccolo and third flute chair at the Delaware and Maryland symphony orchestras. She has performed with the Baltimore, Annapolis, and Mid-Atlantic symphonies as well as in the Baltimore Symphony/Peabody Conservatory “Side by Side” project. A native of Kaliningrad, Russia, Yakovleva studied in the Performance Residence Program at Carnegie Mellon University, and holds graduate performance diplomas in both flute and chamber music from Peabody Conservatory.

Posted October 11, 2013