The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has officially announced Jonathan Crow as its new concertmaster. The orchestra’s music director, Peter Oundjian, had previously made an onstage announcement of Crow’s impending appointment during a concert in June.
The 33-year-old Crow currently teaches at the Schulich School of Music at Montreal’s McGill University but will be moving to Toronto with his wife and two children before the start of the TSO season. He will make his debut with the orchestra on 22 September, and will perform with the TSO for at least 14 concert weeks in his first season as he balances his remaining teaching commitments with his new playing commitments.
As concertmaster, Crow will have the use of a 1738 Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ violin, the ‘Dykes’,’Stephens’,’Kroll’. The violin was purchased in 2008 by Dr Edward Pong, who has made it available to the TSO from the start of the orchestra’s upcoming 90th-anniversary season. The last known professional player of the violin was American soloist and composer William Kroll (1901–80).