Pittsburgh Symphony hires new concertmaster: David McCarroll

Posted on: June 24, 2022

“There’s soon to be a new face among the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,” writes Ollie Gratzinger in Thursday’s (6/23) Pittsburgh Magazine (PA). “David McCarroll has been appointed as its concertmaster…. The PSO has been searching for a concertmaster for seven years after Noah Bendix-Balgley left in 2015 to become concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker…. California native McCarroll has performed regularly in concert halls around the world, and frequently plays at chamber music festivals including Marlboro, Lucerne and Schubertiade…. The search, spearheaded by the orchestra’s vice president of artistic planning Mary Persin, was an extensive one filled with ‘many outstanding candidates,’ [Music Director Manfred] Honeck explained. But McCarroll made ‘an immediate and profound impression.’ The decision to offer him the job was made unanimously by the concertmaster committee…. He’s scheduled to join the orchestra for its European tour in August 2022 and will make his Pittsburgh debut at the PSO’s gala concert in September, which marks the official opening of the season. In addition to music, McCarroll maintains an active interest in social concerns including the needs of those impacted by the AIDS pandemic and is currently working on projects of the Starcross Community to help AIDS orphans in Africa.”