Wei Yu, 34, a New York Philharmonic cellist since 2007, has been named principal with Leonard Slatkin’s DSO. ‘Every aspect of his audition with us was spectacular,’ said Slatkin, ‘from the solo spotlight to his leadership of the section during his trial week.’
Actually, it looks like smart career move. Detroit is renewing its audience with buzzy student offers and is getting more streaming time than other US orchs. Wei Yu, Shanghai born, can be seen by his family back home.
This is a cellist who made his solo debut at 11 with the Shanghai Symphony in the Elgar concerto.
He takes the seat of Robert deMaine, who left Detroit in 2013 for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.