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The Boston Symphony's Admired Concertmaster

Magazine article Gramophone

The Boston Symphony's Admired Concertmaster

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JOSEPH SILVERSTEIN

Violinist and conductor

Born March 21, 1932

Died November 22, 2013

The Boston Symphony Orchestra's onetime Concertmaster has died aged 83. Born in Detroit, Silverstein studied first with his father, a music teacher, and then entered the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia where he was a pupil of Efrem Zimbalist, and also of William Primrose, Josef Gingold and Mischa Mischakoff.

After winning a number of competitions (1959 Queen Elizabeth Competition --silver medal; Naumberg Award in 1960), Silverstein played in the Houston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Denver Symphony Orchestra before joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra, ascending to become its Concertmaster in 1962 during the last year of Charles Munch's conductorship. In the subsequent years, he led the orchestra during the tenures of Erich Leinsdorf, William Steinberg and Seiji Ozawa, before stepping down in 1984. He was held in high regard by the numerous conductors who guested with the Boston SO and many have paid tribute to his style and artistry.

Steinberg was also a conductor, holding the roles of Assistant Conductor of the Boston SO from 1971, Music Director of the Utah SO from 1983 to 1998, acting Music Director of the Florida PO in 2011 and Artistic Adviser to the Portland SO for the 2007-08 season. …

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