The violinist is taking leave while he recovers from the effects of a concussion that he suffered last March

Malcolm Lowe

Malcolm Lowe

Malcolm Lowe, concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is to take extended leave due to the lingering effects of a concussion that he suffered last March, when he fell and hit his head in the attempt to avoid a cyclist.

Lowe, 65, has not performed with the ensemble since the incident, and no fixed return date, at this stage, has been set. He has led the orchestra since 1984.

‘All of us at the Boston Symphony are wishing him the very best in his continuing recovery, ’ BSO spokesperson Bernadette Horgan this week told local media.

 First Associate Concertmaster Tamara Smirnova will continue to act in the role until Lowe’s return.