Mainly Mozart

Concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic comes to San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival

The San Diego Mainly Mozart Festival is unrivaled in terms of artistic viability. The “orchestra of champions”, which has been assembled during the June festival for the past 31 years, is both unique and extraordinary.

The orchestra is full of concertmasters and principal players from across North America. For example, the violin section is composed of 12 concertmasters from orchestras such as The LA Philharmonic, The Dallas Symphony, and The San Diego Symphony. The principal oboist is principal at The Metropolitan Opera and teaches at Juilliard. The principal flute is principal at The Philadelphia Orchestra and teaches at Juilliard and Curtis. The principal horn is principal at The LA Philharmonic and played all the horn solos in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The list goes on and on and includes The Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and now The Israel Philharmonic.

Who has the credentials to lead a group of leaders? Enter David Radzynski, concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic.

“I contacted David hoping that he was not just available but also willing to journey to San Diego from Tel Aviv. As it turns out, David’s sister and brother-in-law live in San Diego and he was delighted to become a member of the festival orchestra,” Mainly Mozart Artistic and Production Director Robert Tannenbaum explained. “I was so impressed with his decision to play in the section for two concerts in order to get a feel for the group before concert mastering our final concert on June 22. We’re also looking forward to David’s concert at Congregation Beth El, in La Jolla, on June 19.”

Radzynski was appointed concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic in March of 2015. He works hand in hand with the orchestra’s artistic director, the legendary Zubin Mehta . At the time, Radzynski was a mere 28 years-old and he remains one of the youngest violinists to lead a major world orchestra. The Israel Philharmonic makes its home in Tel Aviv but David has led the orchestra as it has toured Europe, China, Singapore, and The United States.

For Zubin Mehta’s 80th birthday celebration, the orchestra traveled to his hometown of Mumbai, India. As the occasion has arisen, Radzynski has been invited to be a guest concertmaster at orchestras such as The Houston Symphony and The Pittsburgh Symphony. His next guest concertmaster appearance will be with the august Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

Radzynski will be performing with the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra on June 15, 16, 20, and 22. Details can be found at www.mainlymozart.org

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