LSM Newswire

Friday, May 15, 2009

The Cleveland Orchestra appoints assistant principal trumpet and assistant principal trombone players

Music Director Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra today announced the appointment of Lyle Steelman as assistant principal trumpet and Shachar Israel as assistant principal trombone of the Orchestra. Both will join The Cleveland Orchestra during the 2009 Blossom Festival season – Mr. Steelman on July 29 and Mr. Israel on August 10.

The assistant principal trumpet chair is endowed by James P. and Dolores D. Storer.

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Lyle Steelman, a Cleveland native, comes to the Orchestra from the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, where he has been principal trumpet since 2006. He has also served as a substitute trumpet for The Cleveland Orchestra since 2005. Mr. Steelman served as second trumpet of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra from 2004 to 2006. A 2001 graduate of the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music, he earned a master of music degree from Southern Methodist University and was principal trumpet of the National Repertory Orchestra. He studied with James Darling, a former member of The Cleveland Orchestra, as well as with Tom Booth of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Shachar Israel is currently the principal trombone of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. From 2004 to 2008, he was the principal trombone of the Haddonfield (New Jersey) Symphony. He has performed in the Verbier and Spoleto festivals, and in 2008 won the Lewis Van Haney Philharmonic Prize Tenor Trombone Competition. He has been a guest of the Canadian Brass, with whom he has also recorded, and he has been a soloist with the New York City Jupiter Symphony Players. Mr. Israel earned a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and a master’s degree from the Juilliard School, studying with Nitzan Haroz and Joseph Alessi, respectively.

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