Baltimore Symphony principal cellist Ilya Finkelshteyn heading to Cincinnati Symphony
The Cincinnati Symphony has named Ilya Finkelshteyn as its next principal cellist, starting with the 2009-2010 season.
Since 2002, he has been principal cellist of the Baltimore Symphony, appointed by then-music director Yuri Temirkanov. Finkelshteyn had previously been a member of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
In a statement released by the Cincinnati Symphony, Finkelshteyn said he is "very excited to be joining" the orchestra. “It has a distinguished list of principal cellists and it is an honor to uphold this illustrious tradition," he said. Referring to a guest appearance with that ensemble in March, he added: "From the first moments of playing with Maestro Paavo Järvi and the members of CSO, it was apparent to me that Cincinnati is a place where artistry flourishes. I am looking forward to a long and fruitful collaboration."
That March program included Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2. "The heart of this concerto is its songful slow movement, with its beautiful cello solo," wrote Cincinnati Enquirer critic Janelle Gelfand. "Guest cellist Ilya Finkelshteyn, principal cello of the Baltimore Symphony, unveiled a radiant tone and the intimate collaboration with pianist and orchestra glowed."
The cellist's technical skill and superb musicality have made him one of the BSO's finest assets, and he has also been a frequent performer of chamber music in the Baltimore area. He has performed as soloist with several orchestras, including the BSO.
Finkelshteyn will be a tough act to follow.
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