Leipzig snatches Dresden’s English violist

Luke Turrell, an English violist from Sevenoaks in Kent, has just won the 1st solo viola position at the Leipzig Gewandhaus.

After leaving the Berlin Philharmonic Academy, Luke has spent the past four years as a section player in the Staatskapelle Dresden.


You could say that.

Leipzig loves to rub salt in Dresden wounds.

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    • I dont know quite understand the pride in that… or is it the feeling inferiority? It’s the same as contrabassonist having in his CV “I have never played basson” or bass clarinetist “I have never played clarinet”… Being a professional violinist who plays viola regularly, I feel rather sad about this..:(

      • Considering violists are frequently told they need to learn violin first, it is a source of great pride to violists that many great(est) violists began on viola—like Lawrence Power and Tabea Zimmermann.
        The analogy to bassoon and contrabassoon is rather silly. Contrabassoon is a utility instrument, viola is not. Try majoring in contrabassoon

      • Not the same. The wind instruments you mention are subspecialties of the main instruments. Viola — somebody please correct me if I’m wrong — is not a subspecialty of the violin.

        It is possible (although it may be hard for a violinist to see) to become a violist by starting out on the viola.

        I believe Mr. Terrell is pushing back, playfully or nearly so, against the stereotype that violists are all failed violinists.

  • Yeyy!!! Leipzig’s solo viola episode is over and Yu Sun’s former spot is finally filled! Congrats to Luke! Well done!
    Now they have all 1. solo violas, all solo violas (No. 2) and associate principal’s (No. 3) in their viola section!

  • He first won a tutti job in Dresden.
    No solo position available there.
    He then won a solo position in Leipzig, which was opening up there. End of story.
    Nobody snatched anyone or rubbed salt anywhere.
    I know… boring… no clickbait.

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