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September 10, 2011

Baltimore Symphony's assistant concertmaster gets top post in Hong Kong Philharmonic

Igor Yuzefovich, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's assistant concertmaster since 2005, has been named concertmaster of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

He starts in January, but is scheduled to perform as guest concertmaster in Hong Kong on several occasions before then. He is also expected to play for some BSO programs during the fall.

The Moscow-born Yuzefovich has a long connection to Baltimore. He did a good deal of his musical training at the Peabody Institute, where, in the Preparatory Division, his teachers included the late,  much-missed BSO violinist Leri Slutsky.

Yuzefovich continued into the Conservatory, earning a B.A. and graduate performance diploma.

The violinist frequently worked as a sub or extra player in the BSO prior to being appointed assistant concertmaster by music director Yuri Temirkanov. Yuzefovich has been ...

valued in the orchestra not only for his solid technique and innately expressive music-making, but also for his outgoing personality and sense of humor. 

The violinist is a valued chamber music player as well. He co-founded the Monument Piano Trio in Baltimore seven years ago, an ensemble that enjoys a sterling reputation for musicianship and wide-ranging repertoire. (No word yet on whether he will be able to maintain his relationship with that group after leaving the area.)

Yuzefovich will take up his Hong Kong Philharmonic post as the orchestra's music director, the distinguished Dutch conductor, Edo de Waart, is winding down his tenure as artistic director and chief conductor.

Posted by Tim Smith at 9:42 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: BSO, Clef Notes, Peabody Institute


OOF. Bad news for Baltimore. We will miss having him all to ourselves, especially in the wonderful Monument Piano Trio. But Congratulations to Mr. Yuzefovich! It's a good thing when good things happen to good people.

Congratulations to Igor - he is a wonderful talent who deserves a post such as this. But has anyone else noticed that the most gifted, 30-something BSO players are heading for the exit? The numbing artistic mediocrity of most of the BSO's offerings is sapping the organization of the players who, by all rights, should lead the transition to the orchestra's next era...

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

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