Chicago Symphony hires ex-Met flute

Chicago Symphony hires ex-Met flute


norman lebrecht

November 30, 2022

The Chicago Symphony has appointed Yevgeny Faniuk as assistant principal flute, starting tonight. He takes the seat of Richard Graef, who retired three years ago.

Faniuk has been a busy New York freelancer, appearing regularly with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and performing as principal flute with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Reading Symphony and Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra.


  • Andrew Constantine says:

    Wonderful news! Yevgeny is a tremendous musician and flautist.

  • Inquiring Minds says:

    Speaking of principals at the CSO, what’s up with the principal horn? There were posts early this year intimating that the principal horn was not given tenure? And it seems that the principal horn is also not part of the current CSO Brass Quintet, which is occupied by the 4th horn, which is highly unusual to say the least?

  • Old Man in the Midwest says:

    It would seem that in order to pass Go, collect $200 and get a real job, one has to first apprentice at the MET.

    Once one has done that, you get a wonderful player who sings, phrases, and plays with vigor.

    Congrats to this new addition to the CSO. I look forward to hearing him. A big improvement for this outstanding flute section.

  • Reality Sux says:

    “Ex-NYC freelancer” instead of “Ex-MET” would be much more accurate. Or does subbing at the Berlin Philharmonic and other local groups before getting a permanent post make one “ex-Berlin Philharmonic”?