Acting Music Director
Currently celebrating his 70th birthday season, Joseph Silverstein has enjoyed a uniquely distinguished career of almost five decades. As one of the most highly regarded concertmasters of our time, a noted recitalist and orchestral soloist, conductor and music director, chamber musician, and dedicated educator, Mr. Silverstein has gained a unique perspective on the musical scene. In addition to his new position with the Florida Philharmonic, Mr. Silverstein is presently the Principal Guest Conductor of Seattle's Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Conductor Laureate of the Utah Symphony, where he served as music director for 15 years, and artistic advisor to 10 orchestras in the U.S. and Canada.
For 22 years Mr. Silverstein served as concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. While in Boston, he also founded and was music director of the Boston Chamber Players; was a frequent soloist; and for 12 years held the position of assistant conductor. His experience as an orchestra musician has provided valuable insights into the conductor-orchestra dynamic and taught him how to communicate and inspire.
Mr. Silverstein's schedule during his 70th birthday season reflects the breadth of musical activity that has been the hallmark of his career. His schedule this season includes conducting engagements with the Winnipeg Symphony; conducting and performing with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra and the Hartford Symphony; and appearing as soloist with the Richmond Symphony. He recently returned from a seven-concert tour of six cities in Italy, Belgium, and France, performing chamber music with pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, violist Tabea Zimmermann, and cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras. As a Naumburg Competition winner, Mr. Silverstein will participate as a recitalist performing the Bach Adagio and Fugue in G Minor in the 75th anniversary concert of the coveted award on December 13 at Lincoln Center. He has just recorded the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin for an Image Recordings CD, which is due for release in February, the same month that he performs these works in recital in Seattle.
In celebration of his 70th birthday on March 21, special birthday tributes have been scheduled that month by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall, where Mr. Silverstein has been an artist-member since 1993, and by the Utah Symphony in Salt Lake City. With the Chamber Music Society, he will perform the Bartok Sonata for Solo Violin and works by Mozart and Schubert on March 10 and 12, and in Salt Lake City, he will join the Utah Symphony and its current music director Keith Lockhart in the Brahms and Prokofiev Second Violin Concerti on March 19.
Mr. Silverstein has recorded extensively, as a conductor and soloist, for CBS, Deutsche Grammophon, New World Records, Nonesuch, Pro Arte, RCA, Telarc, and Delos. Two of his recordings have won Grammy nominations: Vivaldi's Four Seasons with Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony and music of Beethoven, Dohnanyi and Kodaly with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
A dedicated teacher, Mr. Silverstein is currently on the faculty of The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he graduated in 1950, and the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He devoted this past summer to teaching and coaching chamber music at the Verbier Festival and Academy in Switzerland.
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