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THE SCOOP | Benjamin Bowman Named Concertmaster Of Metropolitan Opera

By Michael Vincent on June 6, 2017

Benjamin Bowman (Photo: via Bowman Media)
Benjamin Bowman (Photo: Bo Huang)

The Metropolitan Opera announced violinist Benjamin Bowman as one of two concertmaster chairs through 2017–18. Bowman joins current MET Opera chair David Chan, who has held the position since 2000.

A dual US/Canadian citizen, Bowman has a long history of performing in Canada, with appearances with RCM’s flagship ARC Ensemble, Amici Chamber Ensemble, and the Art Of Time Ensemble.

A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, he is currently the concertmaster of the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra in New York, a role he has held since 2014.

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2017-18 season opens September 25 under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin with Bellini’s Norma.

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Michael Vincent has worked as a senior editor for La Scena Musicale and web editor for Norman Lebrecht. On January 21, 2014, he went to lunch and left as the publisher of Musical Toronto. Later that year he found himself as a freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star, the former employer of his favourite author Ernest Hemingway. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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IN MEMORIAM | Irene Salemka McGillivray (1931-2017)

By Jennifer Liu on August 28, 2017

A leading Canadian soprano on European opera stages in the 1950s and 60s, Irene Salemka McGillivray passed away Sunday in her Ontario home.
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IN MEMORIAM | Boris Lysenko, Pianist And Professor Of Piano

By Jennifer Liu on August 30, 2017

Toronto is learning of the passing of Boris Lysenko, a fixture of the piano departments at the RCM and the University of Toronto.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Interwar Music With An Ebony Finish

By Norman Lebrecht on September 8, 2017

Ebony Quartet examines indispensable music of the last century, including from the Nazi and World War II era.
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