Talent drain: Scots lose concertmaster to Norway

Talent drain: Scots lose concertmaster to Norway


norman lebrecht

September 07, 2022

Emily Davis-Robb, Associate Leader of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, has announced she is leaving to become first concertmaster at Stavanger Symphony Orchestra in Norway.

Not a great way for Scotland to kick off the season.


  • Stephen Lipton says:

    The RSNO has a fine string section with plenty of talent and new talent.
    Emily will be missed but the new season kicks off without a disadvantage.

  • Emil says:

    Associate leader moves to get promotion to leader. News at 10.

  • MacroV says:

    For the umpteenth time: She’s leaving for a better job; First Concertmaster is better than Associate CM. And while I haven’t been to Stavangar, I’m sure it’s lovely (maybe not in January).

  • Dag Anders says:

    Drain or gain? I guess it depends on from where one sees the world.

    Another possible headline:

    “Talent gain. Stavanger gets new concert master”.

  • Anne says:

    If you actually cared to find out what’s going on in Scotland or heard the orchestra recently you’d know that the RSNO is in a phenomenal form. Emily was a nice addition but she didn’t even hold a full Associate Leader position. So you can calm down, Norman. Everything is in perfect order.

  • Anon says:

    Good luck to Emily in her new job. A very fine musician, but sometimes a bit of a princess. Always research the background folks!

  • Not Manfred says:

    Stavanger has a very nice regional orchestra with a fantastic new(10yo) hall. Not a bad move.

  • Scando says:

    RSNO is indeed in incredible form, but when one has worked as an orchestral musician in both the UK and in Scandinavia, one understands why such a move would be made. Not to mention, it’s a big promotion and Stavanger has a fabulous new hall. Most would make the same choice.

    • Anon says:

      I’d say it’s “a” promotion. Yes, she technically moves up one chair but one does some leading as an Associate Leader anyway. The fact remains Stavanger is a much lesser orchestra in terms of the standard of playing so it’s hardly a “big” promotion. A big promotion would be getting a Leader job in the LSO or the Concertgebouw.

  • Barney says:

    She still have to pass the trial. She hasn’t won the one in Trondheim