New concertmasters named in UK and US

New concertmasters named in UK and US


norman lebrecht

June 25, 2021

Royal Northern Sinfonia has appointed Maria Włoszczowska as its next Leader, starting tomorrow. she was winner of the XXI Leipzig International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in 2018.

And the Carmel Symphony Orchestra has signed up Zachary De Pue, former concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.


  • Emil says:

    Maria Włoszczowska has been playing as guest leader with the RNS on at least some concerts this spring.

  • drummerman says:

    No disrespect to the good folks of Carmel but, considering that the Symphony is a tiny, part-time band, one assumes that he took the job in order to keep up playing in an orchestra and still have plenty of time for his newly-created Indianapolis Quartet and a band he has with his 3 brothers. We wish him well.

  • This decision is not going to end well in Carmel.

  • George says:

    Violinist…or model???

  • Kay Warbrick says:

    Concert “masters”?Come on!

    • HR says:

      Yes, concertmaster is the correct term for both men and women. A mistress is something entirely different from a master, so women can be masters, too.

  • Guest says:

    Most British orchestras have foreign leaders. And what a successful strategy that has proved to be. Perhaps we ought to begin importing politicians too?

  • Bratsche Brat says:

    You have nothing better to do than report Carmel news?

  • Jonathan B says:

    All I can say is that I am envious of audiences in Newcastle and Gateshead. Maria Wloszczowska is currently one of the musicians appearing in our small local festival in Beverley, and she is most impressive. Quite apart from her great playing, it is clear that when she takes the leadership desk in an ensemble (none more than sextet for Covid practice reasons) it transforms the music.

    She played the Bach 2nd Partita in our incredibly resonant Minster last night and made that work triumphantly, and she led Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence yesterday afternoon and Mozart’s G minor String Quintet this morning – amazing musicianship, bringing out the shape of the music while remaining true to their style. The chemistry with her fellow musicians was obvious, and they clearly raised their game and enjoyed themselves.

    Now off to another concert with her.

    WIth her at Principal Violin, the Northern Sinfonia may soon be able to dispense with a conductor …