String quartet ‘transitions’ violist to office job

String quartet ‘transitions’ violist to office job


norman lebrecht

February 03, 2021

The Australian String Quartet has decided that in his 10th year as the Quartet’s violist, Stephen King ‘will transition to a new role at the ASQ as Director of Engagement’.

That’s a very 2021 way of putting it.

No replacement has yet been named.


  • Rogerio says:

    Viola players have all the characteristics of outstanding bureaucrats.

  • I’m reminded of one of Fred Allen’s interviews with a common man on his radio show.

    “So tell me, sir,” he inquired, “How did you manage to rise all the way from being an assistant director at a Hollywood studio… to operating a lunch wagon?”

  • Eric says:

    When I see the verb “transition” all I can think of is sex reassignment surgery.

  • Terence says:

    A variation on the old joke:
    “established string quartet seeks two violinists, a violist and cellist.”

    There’s no-one left from the last few years.

    Alas, poor Stephen.

  • JussiB says:

    Every organization today should have a ‘Director of Diversity’.