Noah Bendix-Balgley won the audition for first concertmaster in Berlin today (14th). He replaces Guy Braunstein, who quit at the end of last season to pursue solo opportunities. Good for Noah, good for Guy.
Concertmaster of the Berlin Phil used to be a job for life. No longer. Players these days seek greater diversity in their careers – and so they should. I have just been discussing that positive trend at the Colburn School.