As I mentioned last November, Boris Allakhverdyan was one of two finalists in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s open auditions to find a new Principal Clarinet to take over for the retiring Michele Zukovsky. Multiple sources have now indicated that Mr. Allakverdyan, current Principal Clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, won the last phase of the audition and was offered the job earlier this weekend.
Assuming he officially accepts the position, he will become the third LA Phil woodwind principal to have come directly from the MET orchestra: Whitney Crockett joined the LA Phil as Principal Bassoon in 2010, while Denis Bouriakov started as Principal Flute at the end of 2015.
So to recap for those of you trying to keep score of MET orchestra departures, here’s what I’ve got as far as principal players:
- LA Phil: Messrs. Crockett (2010), Bouriakov (2015), and now Allakhverdyan (2016?)
- NY Phil: Anthony McGill, Principal Clarinet (2014); Timothy Cobb, Principal Bass (2014)
- Chicago Symphony: Steven Williamson, Principal Clarinet (2011); Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson, flute (2015 but not starting officially until 2016)
Back in LA, a few additional titled chairs are still up for grabs. Auditions for Associate Principal Horn are supposed to wrap up today, another guest Principal Trombone plays with the orchestra this week, and the orchestra recently announced May auditions for Principal Percussion. I’ll continue to post updates as I get them.
- LA Phil comings and goings (Fall 2015 edition): Principal Clarinet update and much more
- LA Phil comings and goings (Summer 2015 edition): big news in the flutes and clarinets, plus a little more (UPDATED on July 8)
- News about the LA Phil brass and a former principal flute, plus two guys named McGill and more
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