Two US orchestras at odds over young concertmaster

We hear that the Louisville Orchestra has signed Knoxville Symphony’s concertmaster, Gabriel Lefkowitz. He’s 28.

Louisville’s music director Teddy Abrams, also 28, is a man in a hurry. He’s building a career platform in Louisville and other orchestras, less thrustful, are getting wary.

Lefkowitz has serious pedigree. He’s the son of Boston Symphony violinist Ronan Lefkowitz, and grandson of the musicologist Murray Lefkowitz. He, too, is going places – as a soloist, conductor and games composer.
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6 Comments
  • Rick Lohmann
    Posted at 13:30h, 30 June Reply

    I’m really tired of your constant clickbait headlines. At “odds” over young concertmaster? What the hell? No. He left one orchestra for another.

    I myself am a former American regional orchestra concertmaster, and I like keeping up with the classical music world, but I call bullshit, and I am unsubscribing. P.S.– I loved “Maestro Myth”

  • Jeffrey Biegel
    Posted at 13:36h, 30 June Reply

    I’ve known Gabriel Lefkowitz from his time in Knoxville when we worked together there. He’s a first rate player and first rate person. Good luck to him in Louisville, and good luck to Knoxville as they seek a new First chair and enjoy the first season with their new music director.

  • L412D0WZ
    Posted at 13:49h, 30 June Reply

    If the guy is good at what he does then why does it matter?

  • Robert Holmén
    Posted at 15:15h, 30 June Reply

    It turns out, “thrustful” is indeed a word.

  • FiddleFan
    Posted at 01:25h, 01 July Reply

    I’m always jealous when someone is really good-looking AND really talented. I myself am cursed with only being really good-looking. But best of luck to Mr. Lefkowitz.

  • David Dyer
    Posted at 05:20h, 22 September Reply

    I remember hearing him quite a few years ago on From the Top. I’m not surprised he made it to the top. I am indebted to his grandfather for my first viola da gamba instruction and support in the Early Music field. I believe Gabriel was playing a violin that had belonged to his grandfather on the radio program.

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