The ESO and English String Orchestra have named Zoë Beyers as their leader (concertmaster), effective immediately. Zoë has been associate leader of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and works regularly as guest leader with the Philharmonia, BBC, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and more.
She will lead about half the ESO’s concerts, and will appear with the orchestra also as director and soloist. ‘This is a very happy day for the orchestra,’ said ESO General Manager Matthew Peters. “Zoë was the unanimous choice of the musicians and administration. She brings to the ESO a passion for a broad range of repertoire and shares our commitment to bringing worthwhile unknown works of all eras to the attention of our audience.’