Andrew Haveron, co-leader (concertmaster) of the Philharmonia Orchestra, is joining the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as joint leader. Not many come back untanned. Here’s the burble.
photo: Paul Muir
29 January 2013, Sydney — The Sydney Symphony is delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Haveron to the position of Co-Concertmaster. Currently Joint Concert Master of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, Haveron will take up his position with the Sydney Symphony in May 2013.
“We are thrilled that Andrew Haveron will be joining the ranks of the Sydney Symphony alongside our current Co-Concertmaster Dene Olding,” said Sydney Symphony Managing Director Rory Jeffes. “Haveron has a vast amount of orchestral experience, having held concertmaster positions with orchestras throughout the UK including the BBC Symphony and Philharmonia orchestras, plus guest concertmaster appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields and others,” said Jeffes. “He also has a wealth experience as a soloist and in chamber music, holding the position of first violinist of the internationally acclaimed Brodsky Quartet from 1999 to 2007,” added Jeffes.
According to Haveron, there was no question as to the opportunity this position represented for him. “The Sydney Symphony is now regarded as one of the leading orchestras of the world – it attracts the best soloists, conductors and musicians, and unlike many orchestras around the world has the means to undertake significant artistic projects, recordings and touring which is extremely attractive” said Haveron. “I cannot wait to join in with this charismatic and enthusiastic group of wonderfully talented musicians, and to continue my already fruitful working relationship with both current Principal Conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy and his successor David Robertson,” added Haveron.
ANDREW HAVERON BIOGRAPHY
Born in London in 1975, Haveron is considered one of the UK’s most sought after violinists.
He studied at the Purcell School and the Royal College of Music and was the highest British prizewinner at the prestigious ‘Paganini’ competition for the last fifty years and also took prizes at the
Queen Elisabeth and Indianapolis competitions.
As a soloist, Haveron has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Colin Davis, the
BBC Symphony Orchestra with conductor Jiří Bělohlávek, The Hallé, plus City of Birmingham
As first violinist of the Brodsky Quartet (1999 – 2007), Haveron collaborated with artists such as
Anne-Sofie von Otter and Alexander Baillie through to their iconic ‘cross-genre’ work with Elvis
Costello, Björk, Paul McCartney and Sting. Haveron recorded more than 15 albums with the quartet,
many of which received industry awards such as “Diapason d’or” and “Choc du Monde”.
As an orchestral leader, Haveron has received frequent invitations to work with major symphony
orchestras around the world, including leading the ‘World Orchestra for Peace’ at the request of
In 2004 Andrew received an honorary Doctorate from the University of Kent for his services to
Andrew plays on a violin made in 1709, by Carlo Tononi.