Nathan Cole, first associate concertmaster for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is not a man to suppress an opinion. Nor is his wife, Akiko Tarumoto, the assistant concertmaster.
In his latest podcast they crack on about working with the inexperienced Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Harding and others younger still. What happens when things go wrong?
When a conductor arrives with a laundry list, only addresses the front of the string sections, rehearses without a score….
Or right? ‘Charles Dutoit spoke with a familiarity with the score that we’re not used to hearing.’
And who’s the young one with a phoney European accent?