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

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