Yoko Moore retires from Cleveland Orchestra after 34 years as assistant concertmaster

Posted on: May 27, 2016

“Few words, enormous impact. This, simply put, is the essence of retiring Cleveland Orchestra violinist Yoko Moore,” writes Zachary Lewis in The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) on Thursday (5/26). “Rarely in her 34 years as assistant concertmaster has Moore spoken publicly. But … kind words about her as she steps down this week are abundant to overflowing.… ‘I am so fortunate to have had [Moore] by my side for 21 years,’ [Concertmaster William Preucil] said.… [Moore] said backing up Preucil and his predecessor, Daniel Majeske, were the twin great joys of her career. ‘I got to sit next to two great concertmasters.’ ” Moore has also been “a tireless friend of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra. A mentor for the group since its inception, Moore ushered untold hundreds of young players forward in life and music … driven by a desire to provide COYO members the same transformative guidance she herself received from a youth orchestra in Japan.” In retirement, Moore plans to attend Cleveland Orchestra concerts, spend time with her granddaughter, “continue her quest to read every famous book, and pursue her love of writing. Most important, perhaps, she’ll keep playing…. Moore said she’ll remain an active performer and coach.”

Posted May 27, 2016

Yoko Moore photo by Roger Mastroianni