Boston Symphony Orchestra hires four new members

February 21, 2012 at 6:24 pm

By Keith Powers

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced four additions to its ranks for the 2012-13 season: two in the viola section, and a pair of percussionists.

Violist Jonathan Chu, currently a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, has also performed with the St. Louis Symphony and Santa Fe Opera orchestras as a violist, and as a violinist served as concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra.

Wesley Collins has been with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra viola section since 2008, after he completed studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Canton (Ohio) Symphony, and the Akron Symphony. Collins is also a founding member of the Vesuvius Quartet.

Kyle Brightwell takes the Peter Lurie percussion chair next season. A Boston resident, Brightwell has performed with the BSO, Orquestra Sinfonica da Bahia, the Boston Philharmonic, and the New World Symphony. He will make his solo debut with the Dubuque Symphony next month, performing James MacMillan’s Veni, Veni, Emmanuel.

Matthew McKay joins the percussion section as the Barbara Lee chair. McKay has performed with the Oregon Symphony for the past two seasons. He also studied with Genis, and with BSO percussionist J. William Hudgins, and has had summer residencies at Tanglewood, Spoleto, the Schleswig-Holstein festival and the National Orchestral Institute.

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