Giuliano Sommerhalder has won the audition for principal trumpet of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
When the news came through last night, he was preparing to play a freelance concert with the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Giuliano, a Swiss who teaches at the Milan Conservatorio, speaks fluent Dutch. (And English.) He writes:
‘Some days in life are just crazier that others… Just won the Principal Trumpet position with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra on the same day I had a general rehearsal with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in the morning and the concert at night.
‘Thanks so much dear Rotterdam Phil, looking forward to a new chapter in this fantastic life and to playing with great musicians and Maestro Yannick Nezet-Seguin.’
From his c.v.:
He played in Claudio Abbado’s Orchestra Mozart in Bologna in 2004, was chosen by Lorin Maazel as solo trumpeter for his Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, and has been solo trumpeter in the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly from 2006 until 2011, the year in which he was moved to the same position at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam under Mariss Jansons, where he remained until 2013.