Boston Symphony Orchestra announces new concertmaster

May 21, 2024 at 10:43 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Nathan Cole is the new concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  Photo: Todd Rosenberg

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has an official concertmaster for the first time in five years.

The orchestra announced Monday that Nathan Cole will take up the position effective in July with the start of the Tanglewood season. He will be only the fourth BSO concertmaster in 104 years. Cole succeeds Malcolm Lowe who retired from the orchestra in 2019  after serving for 35 years as concertmaster.

“The BSO and I are very happy to warmly welcome Nathan Cole as the next concertmaster of our great orchestra,” said Andris Nelsons in a released statement. “We had immense pleasure collaborating with Nathan last January on Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and we look forward to embracing his leadership within the orchestra, exploring our joint musical values, and partnering on our artistic journey together to serve the great music both within and beyond our Boston community.”

“This opportunity to be the BSO’s next concertmaster feels like something that I’ve been waiting for my whole life,” said Cole in a statement. “When I auditioned with the BSO back in January, for me it was an immediate, warm feeling both from my colleagues in the orchestra and Andris on the podium. I loved the way that Andris spoke in terms of imagery and was really clear about the sound that he wanted. I felt that he left it to us and our creativity to decide how to get those sounds, but at the same time, he was very specific and persistent about what he wanted, and I loved that. I also felt great support from the orchestra, especially from my fellow violins.”

Cole comes to Boston from the Los Angeles Philharmonic where he had been associate concertmaster since 2011. Prior to that he was a member of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. 

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