A cellist torn between two great orchestras

A cellist torn between two great orchestras


norman lebrecht

February 28, 2020

Five years ago we reported that Pittsburgh and Boston were both in pursuit of Oliver Aldort, a student at Curtis.

He havered for a while, then chose the Boston Symphony.

Where he disappeared into the ranks and might never have been heard of again but for a success at the latest audition.

Arise again, Oliver, now 26.

He has been appointed Assistant Principal Cello of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Principal Cello of the Boston Pops.


  • Cellist says:

    The audition was at the beginning of November, not this week…

  • Fred says:

    No offense, but who in their right mind would be torn between Pittsburgh and Boston?

    • Kyle A Wiedmeyer says:

      Not entirely comparable but Noah Geller left a section seat in the Philadelphia Orchestra to become the concertmaster in Kansas City, so clearly the quality difference wasn’t too much. Of course, now he has the same position in Seattle.

  • Hal Sacks says:

    Congratulations Oliver. Have a wonderful career.

  • Mustafa Kandan says:

    He would have chosen Boston not only because of the quality of this orchestra , but also I would imagine Boston to be a much more attractive city to live than Pittsburgh.

  • fflambeau says:

    Easy choice: Boston pays far more and is a higher prestige orchestra: one of the best in the world.

    Pittsburgh is good but will tumble after Honeck leaves.

  • Vladimir says:

    Great news. I’ve watched YouTube videos of Oliver Aldort when he was a kid, playing both piano and cello on an already amazing level back then!

  • nimitta says:

    His solo in the BSO’s Thursday night performance of Duruflé’s Requiem under Giancarlo Guerrero was magnificent.