The Columbus Symphony in Ohio, US, has named Canadian Jean-Sébastien Roy as its new concertmaster. His appointment ends an 18-month search by the orchestra. Roy, who performed as guest concertmaster with the orchestra in the 2012–13 season, will lead the orchestra from the beginning of the 2013–14 season in October.
Roy (pictured) has previously served as a guest concertmaster with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been a guest soloist with Canadian ensembles including the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy and the Orchestre Metropolitain de Montreal.
Roy studied with Paul Kantor at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and his other teachers have included Johanne Arel, Vladimir Landsman, Régis Pasquier and Denise Lupien.
As a chamber musician, Roy was first violinist of the Lloyd Carr-Harris Quartet, and he has collaborated with artists including Ida Haendel and Ilya Kaler.