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And Now, A Word From Our Concertmaster

And Now, A Word From Our Concertmaster

What an exciting prospect to be entering Vienna, the quintessential Musical Capital, after such a long time!

Martin Chalifour
You run into all sorts of people on tour - here's LA Phil Principal Concertmaster Martin Chalifour with legendary violinist Ivry Gitlis.

The famed city is the last stop on our tour and arguably the most important, one that my wife Nancy and I know well from our student years. We both studied here and have fond memories of the place.

Austria is the first country I came to in Europe in 1978, playing Schubert, Strauss and other Viennese favorites with a student orchestra led by my Viennese-trained Canadian Teacher. I later returned to work with the Alban Berg Quartet’s first violinist, and my wife spent a whole year studying bassoon at the Hochschule. So it’s an honor to now perform in this special place that inspired us so much as students.

Hopefully we will see our former teachers and colleagues backstage like we did in other cities. Some of the surprises so far have included Pierre Boulez, (current LA Opera Music Director) James Conlon and violin legend Ivry Gitlis.