Glenn Dicterow Announces Exit from New York Philharmonic

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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."