Comings and goings at the LA Phil (Summer 2020 edition): retirements in the time of Covid-19
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Comings and goings at the LA Phil (Summer 2020 edition): retirements in the time of Covid-19

Life can seem frozen during this strangest, most turbulent of years.  There’s a desire to rewind and redo the past, or to fast-forward to a post-pandemic future that hopefully looks and feels like the underappreciated 2019 (or 2015 or 2000 or . . .  ) of our memory.  Yet time — and life — trudges … Continue reading

My $0.02 on Gustavo Dudamel extending his LA Phil contract to 2025/26 season
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My $0.02 on Gustavo Dudamel extending his LA Phil contract to 2025/26 season

It looks like “The Dude” is gonna be sticking around for a little while longer.  The Los Angeles Philharmonic announced earlier today that Gustavo Dudamel, the orchestra’s Music & Artistic Director, will continue in that capacity through at least the 2025/26 season.  His current contract was to expire at the end of the 2021/22 season.  … Continue reading

Comings and goings at the LA Phil and beyond (Fall 2019 edition):  new CEO, harp, and violins; a Principal Oboe update; plus much more
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Comings and goings at the LA Phil and beyond (Fall 2019 edition): new CEO, harp, and violins; a Principal Oboe update; plus much more

After many requests, I’m very happy to bring back my regular look at the personnel moves within the Los Angeles Philharmonic, plus a couple of noteworthy moves at the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. There’s even a link to some fabulous music by the “Los Angeles Philharmonic Wind Quintet” (seriously). Let’s get to it . . … Continue reading

A chat with Jaime Martin:  LACO’s new chief discusses his approach to conducting new music, plus soloists and composers he’ll feature in his first season
Auditions & Appointments / Interviews / Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Music News & Info: Classical

A chat with Jaime Martin: LACO’s new chief discusses his approach to conducting new music, plus soloists and composers he’ll feature in his first season

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra begins its 2019-2020 season this coming weekend with two concerts featuring a world premiere from Andrew Norman and works by Beethoven and Berlioz. The weekend also marks the official beginning of Jaime Martin’s tenure as LACO’s Music Director. The Spaniard takes over the orchestra in a time of transition, with … Continue reading

Zubin Mehta named LA Phil “Conductor Emeritus,” will return in 2019/20 season
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Zubin Mehta named LA Phil “Conductor Emeritus,” will return in 2019/20 season

Zubin Mehta has been named Conductor Emeritus of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  Simon Woods, CEO of the orchestra, announced the news from the stage of Walt Disney Concert Hall before the second half of last night’s concert in which Mr. Mehta was beginning his second week of Brahms programs this season. Given that Mr. Mehta’s … Continue reading

Jeffrey Strong wins LA Phil 3rd/Utility Trumpet audition
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Jeffrey Strong wins LA Phil 3rd/Utility Trumpet audition

Jeffrey Strong will be the new 3rd/Utility Trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  The Fresno native has been 2nd Trumpet with the St. Louis Symphony since 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Strong served as a trumpeter in the U.S. Marine Band from 2009 to 2015.  National Public Radio (NPR) interviewed him in 2011 regarding his … Continue reading

Esa-Pekka Salonen to join Colburn Conservatory faculty, will head new conducting program
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Esa-Pekka Salonen to join Colburn Conservatory faculty, will head new conducting program

The Colburn School announced earlier today that Esa-Pekka Salonen will be joining the faculty of the Colburn Conservatory.  The Principal Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra of London and Conductor Laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic will lead the brand new Negaunee Conducting Program devoted to training young conductors. The program is named for the Negaunee … Continue reading

A chat with Ramón Ortega:  the new LA Phil Principal Oboe and Colburn Conservatory instructor talks about his roots, his move to LA, and varying styles of oboe playing
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A chat with Ramón Ortega: the new LA Phil Principal Oboe and Colburn Conservatory instructor talks about his roots, his move to LA, and varying styles of oboe playing

This evening, Ramón Ortega headlines a chamber music concert at the Colburn School’s Zipper Hall featuring oboe-centric works by Mozart, Koechlin, and Gounod.  It marks the first official public appearance by Mr. Ortega as Colburn Conservatory’s new oboe instructor.  Later this week, he officially begins performing at his other gig in town — Principal Oboe of … Continue reading

Comings and goings at the LA Phil and beyond (End of Summer 2018 edition)
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical / Pacific Symphony

Comings and goings at the LA Phil and beyond (End of Summer 2018 edition)

Hello again, folks. Long time no chat.  Hope you’re well. It’s obviously been a while, and so let’s start getting caught up by talking about some key personnel moves across the Southern California orchestral landscape and beyond. New additions to the LA Phil (official and unofficial) Since the beginning of the calendar year, the Los … Continue reading

Ojai Music Festival names LA Phil’s Chad Smith to be their new Artistic Director
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Ojai Music Festival names LA Phil’s Chad Smith to be their new Artistic Director

The Ojai Music Festival announced this morning that Chad Smith will be their new Artistic Director beginning in 2020.  Mr. Smith will take over for Thomas W. Morris, Ojai’s Artistic Director since 2004 and former top executive with the Cleveland Orchestra and Boston Symphony, who had previously announced his decision to retire after the 2019 … Continue reading

Some thoughts as the LA Phil names Simon Woods as their new CEO
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Some thoughts as the LA Phil names Simon Woods as their new CEO

The Los Angeles Philharmonic announced yesterday that Simon Woods will be their new Chief Executive Officer effective January 22, 2018. The  54-year old native of London has been President and CEO of the Seattle Symphony since 2011. Overall, I think this is good news.  Some thoughts and observations on the announcement: Continue reading

The next LA Phil Principal Oboe will be Ramón Ortega Quero [UPDATED]
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The next LA Phil Principal Oboe will be Ramón Ortega Quero [UPDATED]

Spanish oboist Ramón Ortega Quero — aka Ramon Ortega — has been offered the position of Principal Oboe of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He will take over the position vacated by Ariana Ghez earlier this year if he chooses to accept the offer. [UPDATE: 2 NOV 2017:  An earlier version of this article stated that Mr. … Continue reading

Comings and goings at the LA Phil (Summer 2017 edition):   Details on Ghez, Dennis, Hooten, and others (UPDATED)
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Comings and goings at the LA Phil (Summer 2017 edition): Details on Ghez, Dennis, Hooten, and others (UPDATED)

It’s time once again for your roundup on recent personnel movement (and lack thereof) at the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  There is much to cover, so let’s get right to it, starting with the biggest news of the summer . . . The stories behind the departures of Ariana Ghez and Carrie Dennis The biggest buzz … Continue reading

It’s official:  Colburn alum Afendi Yusuf named Principal Clarinet of the Cleveland Orchestra; Jenny Wong promoted at LA Master Chorale
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It’s official: Colburn alum Afendi Yusuf named Principal Clarinet of the Cleveland Orchestra; Jenny Wong promoted at LA Master Chorale

Some news about two musicians who’ve made an impact on the Southern California music scene: The Cleveland Orchestra officially announced this morning that Afendi Yusuf will be their new Principal Clarinet, confirming multiple leaked reports from last month.   Continue reading