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Slava’s concertmaster

William Steck, appointed concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra by Mstislav Rostropovich and serving for 19 years, has died, aged 79.

Before coming to Washington, he played in the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras.


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  1. Mark Stratford says:

    frmo Washington Post :

    “Dozens of violinists had tried out for the job, but “Slava” found none who met his standards — until the NSO leadership flew Mr. Steck to Paris to meet him for an audition.

    Mr. Steck learned of his selection when Rostropovich introduced him to a Parisian concert hall manager as “the new concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra.” “That’s how I found out,” Mr. Steck once told The Washington Post.

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