Strings get a major shakeout in Barcelona orchestra

Strings get a major shakeout in Barcelona orchestra


norman lebrecht

December 16, 2021

Since Ludovic Morlot was named chief conductor, there has been a lively game of musical chairs going on at the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra.

There’s a new principal cello, Charles-Antoine Archambault. Two co-principal violas, Aine Suzuki & Benjamin Beck. And an associate concertmaster, Jaha Lee.

The French-Korean co-leader previously held the same position at the Orchestre National de Lyon.


  • Frank Flambeau says:

    Morlot knows his business.

  • Manu says:

    With 15 years delay, so much wasred time and ressources.

  • Algot says:

    They once had the idea that every principal player should be Catalan. Bad idea.

  • Noé says:

    Mr. Lebrecht, with all due respect, each of these musicians were hired before Maestro Morlot was officially named as the new music director of the OBC. In fact, he was not even present at the auditions. Now, we are indeed looking forward to our collaboration with the Maestro and under his leadership undoubtedly more fine musicians will join our orchestra.