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Alexander Velinzon is Symphony concertmaster
The Russian violinist Alexander Velinzon succeeds former concertmaster Maria Larionoff and assumes his post in June 2012.
Starting in June 2012, the Seattle Symphony will have a new concertmaster. He's Russian violinist Alexander Velinzon, currently the assistant concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a position he's held since 2005.
"I could not have dreamed of a better match for our Orchestra," Seattle Symphony music director Ludovic Morlot said in a statement. "I have had the privilege of working with Alex at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and ... I cannot wait to share many musical emotions with him on stage at Benaroya Hall."
As a violinist, Velinzon has performed with conductors James Levine, Kurt Masur, Sir Colin Davis and Michael Tilson Thomas. His chamber-music collaborators have included violinists Gil Shaham and Hilary Hahn. He's also a longtime member of the Walden Chamber Players, and has served as both a soloist and concertmaster for the Paul Taylor Dance Company.
As the Seattle Symphony's David & Amy Fulton Concertmaster, he succeeds Maria Larionoff, who left the position in 2011. During the current season, Emma McGrath and other Symphony players have been in rotation in the concertmaster's chair.
Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times arts writer