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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Jonathan Crow Toronto Symphony Orchestra's New Concertmaster


The Canadian violinist makes his début in the Tom Beck Concertmaster Chair on September 22


August 3, 2011 – The Toronto Symphony Orchestra announces that the Tom Beck Concertmaster Chair has been filled with the appointment of Canadian violinist Jonathan Crow as Concertmaster.

Crow’s first performance will be at the TSO 90th Season Opening Night concert on September 22, 2011. In his first season as TSO Concertmaster, Jonathan Crow will perform with the TSO for as many as 14 concert weeks as he transitions from his teaching schedule as Associate Professor of Violin at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University.

Jonathan Crow will be featured as a soloist in two TSO programmes: Beethoven’s Romance No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra (September 29, October 1 & 2 with TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian); and J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Oboe and Violin, and Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 (October 15 & 16 with TSO Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis). He is moving to Toronto prior to the start of the TSO season, with his wife and two children.

Jonathan Crow is an acclaimed orchestral and chamber musician, having served as concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra between 2002 and 2006, and as afounding member of the New Orford String Quartet, a project-based new ensemble dedicated to the promotion of standard and Canadian string quartet repertoire. During his time with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Jonathan Crow was the youngest member of the orchestra, as well as the youngest concertmaster of a major North American orchestra.

"The Concertmaster search committee and I were overwhelmingly impressed with Jonathan's performance and talent," said TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian. "Jonathan has inherent leadership skills and we are thrilled to have him as part of our orchestra."

“There is an energy and vibrancy about the Toronto Symphony Orchestra that I want to be a part of,” said Jonathan Crow. “I’m delighted to be joining this amazing group of musicians and I look forward to beginning my role as Concertmaster.”

Also making a début with the TSO this September is the ex-Wm. Kroll Guarneri del Gesù 1738 violin. This instrument is made available to the TSO for the use of the Concertmaster, thanks to the generosity of Dr. & Mrs. Edward Pong.


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The Tom Beck Concertmaster Chair is endowed by a special gift of the Beck family.

Jonathan Crow plays the ex-Wm. Kroll Guarneri del Gesù 1738 violin, made available to the TSO for the use of the Concertmaster, thanks to the generosity of Dr. & Mrs. Edward Pong.

TSO 90th Season Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.

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