The New York Philharmonic-Symphony Society of New York, Inc., more commonly referred to as simply, the New York Philharmonic, is one of the leading American orchestras. Formed in 1842, the New York Philharmonic has a rich and inspiring history and has been a cultural gem in New York City for more than 170 years.
The New York Philharmonic is supported by an extensive list of prominent donors and a dedicated board of directors. Elizabeth A. Newman, Peter W. May, Laura Chang, Daisy M. Soros, Matthew VanBesien, J. Christopher Flowers, and many others comprise this list of devoted board members.
As one of the most prestigious musical institutions in the world, the New York Philharmonic is dedicated to showcasing the talents of the very best conductors, musicians, and concertmasters. One of the New York Philharmonic’s traditions is passing on the esteemed honor of the latter. It was recently announced that Frank Huang has been appointed Concertmaster, beginning with the Opening Gala Concert in September, 2015. Huang is succeeding Glenn Dicterow, who has stepped down from his position after an astounding 34 seasons.
A press release from the New York Philharmonic explains that Huang is currently concertmaster of the Houston Symphony. He has also recently played with the Philharmonic as guest concertmaster in three programs conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert.
“More than any other musician, the concertmaster shapes the persona of an orchestra, and in Frank Huang we have found just the right mix of virtuosity, flair, musicality, and collegiality,” commented Gilbert, in regards to the New York Philharmonic’s selection of Huang as its new concertmaster. “After our very comprehensive search, during which we heard many strong candidates, the musicians of the search committee and I unanimously agreed that Frank would both fit right in to the New York Philharmonic and push it to even greater heights,” he said.
Huang himself commented, “I am truly honored to be given the opportunity to hold this position once occupied by such giants of the orchestral world as Glenn Dicterow and John Corigliano, Sr. […] I look forward to returning to New York City and to making music with the great New York Philharmonic.”
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