The young German violinist José Maria Blumenschein was appointed in December 2015 to succeed Rainer Küchl as concertmaster of the Vienna Opera orchestra and, after a three-year probation period, of the Vienna Philharmonic.
It now appears he has decided he does not want the job.
José Maria Blumenschein, 32, has resigned from Vienna, effective August 31, 2018.
No reason given.
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A Joseph Silverstein student, José Maria was previously concertmaster of the WDR Symphony in Cologne and, before that, associate concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
UPDATE: Why the concertmaster quit.
No word of these developments has appeared in the sun-numbed Austrian press or other music media.