The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has today announced the appointment of Brisbane-born violinist, Dale Barltrop, to one of its two Concertmaster positions.
Barltrop will take up the role from 2014 filing the position left vacant by Markus Tomasi in 2009. In his first year he will share the Concertmaster responsibilities with Wilma Smith who has recently announced she would be retiring from the MSO at the end of 2014. Barltrop is currently Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, a position he will continue to hold.
“Dale is a fabulous musician who, through the past few seasons visiting us as a Guest Concertmaster, has shown all the signs of being a great leader,” said MSO Managing Director André Gremillet. “He has made a huge impression on the Orchestra, conductors, and audience alike and we are thrilled to be welcoming him to the MSO family.”
“It is a huge honour to be given the opportunity to lead this great orchestra and I’m thrilled to be working with Sir Andrew Davis, Diego Matheuz, Ben Northey and the entire MSO team,” Barltrop said. “I have loved my visits to Melbourne over the past few years and look forward to building an even stronger relationship with these wonderful musicians in the years ahead.”
Barltrop performs regularly across North America and Australia and was appointed Concertmaster of the VSO in 2009, where is has appeared as both soloist and director. Prior to his appointment in Vancouver, he served as Principal Second Violin in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for six years. During this time, Barltrop appeared regularly as soloist with the SPCO, including a performance of his own orchestration of Schubert’s Rondo in B minor.
He began his violin studies in Brisbane, Australia, made his solo debut with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15 and was concertmaster of both the Queensland and Australian Youth orchestras for many years. He moved to the United States in 1998 to attend the University of Maryland and continued his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Barltrop will join the MSO as Guest Concertmaster for its concert Tribute to the Empress, from Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 September 2013, and will begin his tenure as Concertmaster in in June 2014 under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis.