New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Retires

This weekend, famed violinist Glenn Dicterow, who is the longest tenured concertmaster in the history of the New York Philharmonic at 34 years, plays his final concerts as a member of the orchestra. He is retiring from the orchestra to take up a teaching post at the University of Southern California. Enjoy some links from around the web to learn more about Mr. Dicterow!

  • Here is the press release announcing his final season. Included here are many quotes from Mr. Dicterow, Alan Gilbert (current music director of the New York Philharmonic), and insight from Mr. Dicterow as to how the features for his final season were selected.
  • NPR’s Jeff Lunden reports on what it means to be a concertmaster, and how Mr. Dicterow set the standard for the New York Philharmonic.
  • The New York Philharmonic is honoring Mr. Dicterow by creating a fund named for him.
  • Michael Cooper relays interesting stories and anecdotes from Mr. Dicterow’s storied career, including what happened when a conductor got lost and tried to end a concerto too soon!
  • The New York Philharmonic has also put together a three disc collection of Mr. Dicterow’s personal favorite live performances with the ensemble.
  • This interview transcript on CNN tells many personal stories from Mr. Dicterow, including how he landed with the Philharmonic in the first place.

Mr. Dicterow is leaving a huge void in the Philharmonic, and in the orchestral music scene. Although I’ve never studied with him, I can say that he has affected my outlook on how to do my job as a principal player, and the whole industry is fortunate that his next stop will be in training the next generation of orchestral leaders.


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