KSO Hires Gabriel Lefkowitz as New Concertmaster

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra has announced that it has hired Gabriel Lefkowitz as its new Concertmaster. He will join the orchestra for the May schedule of concerts.

The May concert was to be the final of three candidate auditions for the position that had been previously held by Mark Zelmanovich who stepped down at the end of the 2009-10 season after 24 years. However, that candidate withdrew and the position was offered to Lefkowitz.

“All of us on the audition committee were enchanted not only by Gabriel’s performance at our [January] Masterworks concert and in his solo recital, but also by the immediate rapport he established with our audiences,” says KSO Music Director Lucas Richman.  “We count ourselves as being very fortunate and honored to be able to welcome him as our new concertmaster–I’m really looking forward to our collaboration and everything else that Gabriel will bring to the KSO!”

Lefkowitz hails from Newton, MA. He holds a Bachelors degree from Columbia College in New York City and a Masters in Violin Performance from the Juilliard School. At Juilliard, he was a concertmaster and principal second of The Juilliard Orchestra on several occasions. He studied with Masao Kawasaki and Joel Smirnoff.

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