Checking in with the LA Phil (part 3 of 3):  Comings and goings (Feb ’17 edition) — new basses, movement in the violins, and news from the brass
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Checking in with the LA Phil (part 3 of 3): Comings and goings (Feb ’17 edition) — new basses, movement in the violins, and news from the brass

There’s been a fair amount of personnel movement at the Los Angeles Philharmonic over the past few months.  Let’s get everybody caught up: Filling empty seats in the Bass section The LA Phil basses have had two openings since the 2014 retirement of John Schiavo and the sad passing of Fred Tinsley late last year.   A … Continue reading

Trumpeter Christopher Martin makes move to NY Phil permanent
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Trumpeter Christopher Martin makes move to NY Phil permanent

There are some jobs that people expect you to keep for life.  Pope.  US Supreme Court Justice.  Principal Trumpet of the Chicago Symphony.  But I guess if a Pope can quit early, we shouldn’t be shocked that the CSO’s first chair trumpet can do it too. Chris Martin — the trumpeter, not the lead singer of Coldplay … Continue reading

James Conlon extends LA Opera contract to 2020/2021 season
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James Conlon extends LA Opera contract to 2020/2021 season

Los Angeles Opera gets to keep James Conlon around for a little longer.  Yesterday, the company announced that the New York-based conductor will remain as Music Director through the end of the 2020/2021 season.  His current contract was to expire next year. Mr. Conlon took over the position from Kent Nagano in 2006 and has been a huge presence ever since.  Plácido Domingo, … Continue reading

LA Opera gives Plácido Domingo a contract extension; let’s hope James Conlon is next (plus one more thing)
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LA Opera gives Plácido Domingo a contract extension; let’s hope James Conlon is next (plus one more thing)

Los Angeles Opera announced today that Plácido Domingo will continue on as General Director through at least the end of the 2021/22 season.  He has held the title since 2003.  (The complete press release is below) The tenor/baritone cum conductor cum impresario has a long and storied history with the company, going back to 1984 … Continue reading

Comings and goings at the LA Phil and beyond (Summer 2016 edition):  Lots of updates with principal chairs and more
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Comings and goings at the LA Phil and beyond (Summer 2016 edition): Lots of updates with principal chairs and more

It’s time once again to talk about one of our favorite topics:  musical chairs in major orchestras, particularly the Los Angeles Philharmonic. There has been a lot happening since last we broached the topic, and by the end of the beginning of the 2016/17 season, one current principal will have retired and there’ll be three new … Continue reading

Susanna Mälkki named as new LA Phil Principal Guest Conductor (and I say, “Huzzah!”)
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Susanna Mälkki named as new LA Phil Principal Guest Conductor (and I say, “Huzzah!”)

The Los Angeles Philharmonic announced this morning that Susanna Mälkki has been appointed as Principal Guest Conductor of the orchestra.  The Finnish maestra’s tenure will officially begin with the 2017-18 season, with an initial contract to last three years.  She  will conduct three subscription weeks, Green Umbrella concerts, as well as other projects with the orchestra to … Continue reading

Boris Allakhverdyan will be the next Principal Clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic
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Boris Allakhverdyan will be the next Principal Clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic

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 … Continue reading

LA Phil comings and goings (Fall 2015 edition):  Principal Clarinet update and much more
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LA Phil comings and goings (Fall 2015 edition): Principal Clarinet update and much more

Once again, I do what I can to give you the latest and greatest news about the musicians of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  Let’s begin: Principal Flute Denis Bouriakov officially begins his tenure as Principal Flute Nov 30.  He makes his subscription concert debut soon after. (NOTE:  an earlier version of this post had his start … Continue reading

LA Phil’s Ben Hong promoted to Associate Principal Cello
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LA Phil’s Ben Hong promoted to Associate Principal Cello

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has a new Associate Principal Cello, though to frequent concert-goers, things will seem rather status quo.  That’s because multiple sources report that at the end of this past week’s auditions, the position was awarded to Ben Hong, the orchestra’s Assistant Principal Cello since 1993 and acting Associate Principal for the past two seasons. When … Continue reading

LA Phil comings and goings (Summer 2015 edition):  big news in the flutes and clarinets, plus a little more (UPDATED on July 8)
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LA Phil comings and goings (Summer 2015 edition): big news in the flutes and clarinets, plus a little more (UPDATED on July 8)

This year’s Hollywood Bowl season is upon us.  Things kicked-off a few weeks ago, care of Journey, Ed Sheeran, and a sing-along Sound of Music, among other concerts.   The Los Angeles Philharmonic made their summer debut on the Bowl stage playing the score to Back to the Future while the film was shown above their heads, though the … Continue reading

Los Angeles Master Chorale announces Jean Davidson as new President and CEO
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Los Angeles Master Chorale announces Jean Davidson as new President and CEO

Earlier today, the Los Angeles Master Chorale announced that Jean Davidson will be its new President and CEO beginning August 31, 2015.  She takes over the position from Terry Knowles, who is retiring at the end of this season after having led the organization for the past 15 years. Ms. Davidson comes to the Master Chorale from New York … Continue reading

NY Phil names new concertmaster
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NY Phil names new concertmaster

The New York Philharmonic has named Frank Huang as its new Concertmaster.  Mr. Huang, 36 years-old, has been Concertmaster of the Houston Symphony since 2010.  He is also on the faculty of Rice University’s Sheppard School of Music.   He officially begins his tenure in September. The NY Phil’s concertmaster chair has been vacant since Glenn Dicterow retired last … Continue reading

The LA Phil Principal Flute chair will soon be vacant again; Julien Beaudiment, its current occupant, explains why
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The LA Phil Principal Flute chair will soon be vacant again; Julien Beaudiment, its current occupant, explains why

The Los Angeles Philharmonic recently announced that this coming May, they will once again be holding auditions for their Principal Flute chair. For fans of Julien Beaudiment, the current occupant of the position and budding star within the orchestra, this news is certainly a major disappointment. For almost everyone who follows such things, musicians and … Continue reading

Chicago Symphony’s Principal Oboe to take same job with SF Symphony; move should raise questions at CSO
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Chicago Symphony’s Principal Oboe to take same job with SF Symphony; move should raise questions at CSO

The San Francisco Symphony issued a press release today announcing that Eugene Izotov will be their new Principal Oboe beginning with the 2015/16 season.  Mr. Izotov is currently Principal Oboe of the Chicago Symphony, and was the SFS Associate Principal Oboe from 1996-2003 (during which time he went by “Evgeny Izotov”).  He was also Principal Oboe … Continue reading

A familiar face takes over LA Phil 3rd horn chair
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A familiar face takes over LA Phil 3rd horn chair

The Los Angeles Philharmonic held auditions for their vacant third horn chair during the week-and-a-half before Thanksgiving.  According to multiple sources, Amy Jo Rhine was appointed to the position. LA Phil concertgoers may recognize her face, and regular readers of All is Yar will certainly recognize her name:  as mentioned in a recent post, Ms. Rhine has … Continue reading