Glenn Dicterow Announces Exit from New York Philharmonic

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 12:00 PM

Glenn Dicterow, the concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic for the past 32 years, announced Thursday that he will step down from the post at the end of the 2013-14 season.

The violinist is expected to hold a newly established position as the Robert Mann Chair in Strings and Chamber Music at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music, starting in the fall of 2013. He will remain active as a solo and chamber musician and teach master classes, the Philharmonic said in a statement.

Dicterow, 63, was hired at the Philharmonic in 1980 by then-music director Zubin Mehta, making him the longest-serving concertmaster in the orchestra's history. Previously, Dicterow was the associate concertmaster and concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1971-79. There he also worked under Mehta's baton.

While Dicterow said he will divide his time between New York and Los Angeles, the USC post marks a return to the city where he grew up, and where his father, Harold Dicterow, served as principal second violin of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 52 years.

In a 2010 interview with Jeff Spurgeon, Dicterow described his job as being a "conduit" between conductor and orchestra. "It's a way of getting the message across when it's not explicit and obvious," he said.

In addition to his performances of concertmaster solos in works like Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade Dicterow has been a frequent soloist in concertos with the Philharmonic; he also sat on audition committees and planned the orchestra's chamber music performances.

Dicterow's wife, the violist Karen Dreyfus, will also join the USC faculty. Dreyfus currently teaches at the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music and the Mannes College of Music.

“What a privilege it has been to make music night after night, in New York and all over the world," Dicterow commented. "I have been so fortunate to work with the best colleagues imaginable, both those of longstanding and the extraordinarily talented younger generations that have come into the Orchestra."


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Comments [13]


My condolences to USC and especially the female violin students.

Nov. 13 2012 03:14 PM
D Tremper from Maplewood, NJ

Sorry to hear of the departure, but glad for all those who will benefit from the teaching. Mr Dicterow is a Phil icon, the only concertmaster many of us have known. Best wishes for this last season and for the future endeavors.

Jul. 02 2012 12:49 PM
Judy Siegman from Brooklyn, NY

Thank you for playing Piotr Anderszewski's Mozart Piano Concerto No.21 in C. I find Anderszewski one of the most insightful, moving and superbly musical pianists performing currently. I wish you played more of him: his Chopin Mazurkas, Beethoven Diabelli Varaiations, Schumann Humoreske and Studien für den Pedalflügel, to name a few -- not to mention his other Mozart Concertos. Please, please look into his discography and bring us more -- during the day, if possible, not hidden (like Andras Schiff) in the darkest hours of the night.

May. 27 2012 12:28 PM
Michael Meltzer

To pick up the thread of my earlier comment, many may remember the excellent classified weekly concert listing once maintained as a public service by the New York Times. The listings were simple, concise and "bare-bones," but let concert-goers know of many worthwhile musical events too small to run prominent paid ads. The Times decided it was too much unpaid work, just as it considered it unprofitable to continue sending its critics to review debut recitals.
It would be a great service to both the public and to the community of serious musicians in New York if WQXR would undertake a similar mission, with an internet posting of musical events of the coming week. Many of us out here are doing volunteer work for various series' and not-for-profit groups. Resuming a broad contact with the musical public would help so much in seeing all that work come to the fruition intended.
Please at least go to the trouble of having a meeting about it. Thank you.

May. 26 2012 11:49 AM
daniel from mexico

It begs the question: who will be the next concertino? It can't be easy, stepping into maestro Dicterow's shoes

May. 25 2012 10:30 PM
Gerald from Manhattan

While a student at Washington University in St. Louis in the early 1960s I attended a concert by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra at Kiehl auditorium, where the orchestra played during that time. Following the performance of a piece by Luciano Berio much booing ensued, led, of all people, most vociferatively, by a priest. When Mr. Berio came out on stage, following the performance he gave the audience the definitive "Italian high sign" and immediately went off.

May. 25 2012 07:41 PM
Carl Ian Schwartz from Paterson, New Jersey

I was a bit surprised that Mr. Dicterow was not leaving to CONDUCT an orchestra. Many conductors begin as violinists and concertmasters.

That said, Mr. Dicterow's performance of the Bartok Violin Concerto No. 1 last weekend was extraordinary, but I also remember that he was instrumental in getting Lorin Maazel to conduct the Philharmonic, which was a huge letdown coming on the heels of Kurt Masur's excellent tenure.

May. 25 2012 02:47 PM

I totally concur with Michael Meltzer's comment. Though Mr. Lane's thoughtful comments are most welcome, his constant barely disguised self promotion is totally inappropriate to the intent of this section.

May. 25 2012 01:57 PM
Mike Hunt from NYC

I think he made a good choice to resign and move to California. His vibrato after all is the size of California.

May. 25 2012 01:30 AM
Michael Meltzer

Since listener input, and better yet, listener dialogue in these WQXR blogs can make a positive contribution to the cause of interest in classical music, it would not be inappropriate to also have a "classified" page where advertisers like Mr. Lane could post their wares, instead of square in the middle of at least ten different discussion sites, cloaked as commentary.

May. 25 2012 01:18 AM
anon from Utopia

Good riddance. Go home Dickterow!

May. 24 2012 06:04 PM
Sidney Goldman from 11510

WQXR, with this blog, has convinced me again, you are much more than a classical music station, but you inform your supporters about the world of music as it is happening. "A newspaper devoted to classical music.'

And allowing the listener to comment as they do with personal words adds to this outpouring of this feeling!

May. 24 2012 02:46 PM
Wally from Manhattan

I was at the Philharmonic concert last night and, as always, it is a special pleausre
when Glenn Dicterow comes onstage and tunes up the orchestra. He will be missed.
The concert last night was paricularly spectacular, with Alan Gilbert and Evgeny Kissin
at their brilliant best. Kissin included the Scriabin Piano Concerto which I had never
heard and didn't even know existed. I also don't remember ever hearing it on WQXR -
it would be a welcome programming inclusion.

May. 24 2012 01:24 PM

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