The search has begun

The Seattle Symphony announced the formation of a search committee to find Gerard Schwarz’s replacement when his contract runs out at the end of the 2011.  Former Washington State First Lady Nancy Evans will chair the committee and is joined by three SSO musicians: David Sabee (cello); Elisa Barston (2nd violin); and Seth Krimsky (bassoon).  Elena Dubinets, the orchestra’s artistic administrator is also part of the committee.

Both Dubinets and Sabee are affiliated with the Seattle Chamber Players and are advocates for contemporary music.  Barston is widely considered by her fellow musicians to be one of the most talented members of the orchestra who has already found significant success as the principal second violin.  Seth Krimsky has been with the orchestra since 1986 and is also happily associated with the area’s contemporary music scene and the Univeristy of Washington.

The announcement of a search committee is good news, especially since Amos Yang turned down the principal cello position with the orchestra vacated last year by Joshua Roman.  Yang was in town a few weeks ago to play with the Cascade Symphony.  Currently, he is the assistant principal cellist with the San Francisco Symphony.  Hopefully the news of the search committee will continue buoy the orchestra as they approach the end of the season.

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4 thoughts on “The search has begun

  1. I hope the search includes Seattle. In our own backyard Seattle has an outstanding conductor, George Shangrow, Conductor and Music Director of Orchestra Seattle-Seattle Chamber Singers. OSSCS is an ensemble of 110 professionals as well as highly skilled amateurs who come together for the love of music, in the belief that music is vital to life and well being. Maestro Shangrow founded Seattle Chamber Singers and Orchestra Seattle, in 1969 and 1971 respectively. In 1981, Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers joined to create one of the few successful chorus/orchestra partnerships in the region. Critics have praised the group for its vibrant sound and spirited, disciplined performances. Over the years, the combined groups have introduced classics and rarely heard masterpieces of the choral and orchestral literature to Seattle audiences. Presenting eight to ten concerts a year, OSSCS’s performances consist of a wide range of choral and instrumental music.

  2. As much as I enjoy Geoerge Shangrow’s work with Orchestra Seattle, I am not sure he will be given consideration. The SSO has had a number of fine guest conductors over the last few years and coming up that I hope are seriously considered:

    – Stephane Deneve (my personal favorite)
    – Lawrence Renes (as the previous comment noted)
    – Vasily Siniasky
    – JoAnn Falletta
    – Symon Beychkov
    – Robert Spano
    – Ludovic Morlot

    And others. It will be an interesting and exciting time for followers of the SSO.

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