Pittsburgh finally finds a concertmaster in Vienna – Slipped DiscSlipped Disc

Norman Lebrecht

June 23, 2022

After seven years of auditioning some of the best leaders in the world, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra hired a new leader last night.

This is David McCarroll, violinist of the Vienna Piano Trio.

Born in California, McCarroll studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England, then in Boston and Berlin.

He made his concerto debut with the London Mozart Players in 2002 and has since performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras.

The press release adds:

In addition to music, David maintains an active interest in social concerns including the needs of those affected by the AIDS pandemic and is currently working on Starcross community projects to help AIDS orphans in Africa. He has performed in programs encouraging world peace promoted by the Fellowship of Reconciliation and has given benefit concerts for Doctors Without Borders. Along with other members of his family, David has worked to obtain strings for young music students in Cuba where such items are very difficult to obtain. David plays a 1761 violin made by A&J Gagliano.

“From the first opportunity I had to work with David, it was clear to me that he had all the characteristics we were looking for in a great Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concertmaster. During our research, which was conducted by Mary Persin, our Vice President of Artistic Planning, we saw many outstanding candidates, but David made an immediate and profound impression. Together with our Concertmaster Committee, we voted unanimously to offer him the position “, said Manfred Honeck, Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. “David is an exceptional leader, a brilliant technician, an accomplished chamber musician who plays with great musicality and a generous and characterful timbre. He is respected throughout our industry. as a world-class violinist who has a profound impact wherever he plays. He will provide great leadership through his collegial spirit and superb musicianship. I am r I hope our Pittsburgh audience gets to know him both musically and personally, and I know he will enrich the musical life of our city through our work with the orchestra. I am thrilled to have David join us and look forward to making music together for many years to come.

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