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It’s been a really good career, says retiring concertmaster. It’s gone the way I hoped

May 11, 2017 by norman lebrecht

5 comments.


The New Haven Symphony Orchestra is losing its concertmaster. Ani Kavafian, 69, says she wants to go well before the music director, William Boughton, steps down in 2019, allowing the right successor to be chosen.

‘It’s been a really good career,’ she tells the local paper. ‘It’s gone the way I hoped.’

You don’t hear that very often.

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Comments (5)

  1. Maria says:

    Yes, there’s always a time to go and let the next generation get in and have the experience.

  2. Ross says:

    She looks good for 69 years old and still sounds great.

  3. Jeffrey Levenson says:

    I have know Ani (and Ida) since 1967 at Interlochen Arts Center.
    A sweeter player and person does not exist. I wish her well.

  4. The View from America says:

    She really is wonderful in every way — artist and persona.

  5. NYMike says:

    We enjoy her playing @ CMS in Lincoln Center….


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