Just in: London Philharmonic loses leader

Just in: London Philharmonic loses leader


norman lebrecht

January 09, 2020

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has named Kevin Lin as its next concertmaster, starting September.

Lin, a New Yorker, is presently co-leader of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Indy SO has been leaderless since Zachary DePue quit in mid-2018.


  • Mustafa Kandan says:

    In spite of all the industrial disputes, I am sure the salaries & conditions are much better in the USA than in London’s orchestras.

    • Saxon Broken says:

      Thirty years ago this likely would not have happened. But London orchestras will struggle to keep people in the future since the pay is not particularly good, and it isn’t going to be raised-up through making money from recordings.

  • Calvin says:

    Leaving London for Indian-no-place?!

    • Esther Cavett says:

      ==Leaving London for Indian-no-place?!

      Maybe he’s a speedway enthusiast ? The place is famous for the Indianapolis 500 motor speedway which holds over 0.25m spectators.

      Admittedly the town isn’t famous for much else. Err… there’s a zoo

      • David K. Nelson says:

        The Indianapolis Symphony has been a fine orchestra for years, going back to its 78 rpm recordings for RCA Victor Red Seal under Fabian Sevitzky.

        They also have a history of first rate concertmasters, again going back at least as far as Hidetaro Suzuki, a pupil of Zimbalist. I heard him play the Walton Concerto, not a piece for the timid.

        Sounds like a good gig for a concertmaster to me.

    • Bruce says:

      Yes. It must be a bad decision if you don’t know why he made it…


    • Old Man in the Midwest says:

      Any Top 20 US orchestra will offer a titled player better living conditions than the work load of the Top 5 London orchestras.

      Throw in possibilities of teaching (perhaps at IU), annual concerto appearances, and star status within the Midwest orchestra community, I think it makes sense.

    • MacroV says:

      Indianapolis isn’t London, but CM salary there is probably in the $200K vicinity, which will likely provide a much better standard of living than he can enjoy in London.

      And while the Indianapolis SO may not have the international profile of the LPO, don’t kid yourselves; it’s an excellent orchestra. Every American orchestra that pays close to a living wage is good, if not outstanding.

  • kaa12840 says:

    they can also live n Chicago and commute to Indianapolis, some of my friends do that