The orchestra’s new selections include updated personnel in the double bass and viola sections


© Roger Mastroianni, Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra

The Cleveland Orchestra has announced new appointments for its 2021-22 season.

Two new violists have been appointed: William Bender leaves his role as assistant principal viola with the Philharmonia in London, heading state-side to join the viola section, along with Gareth Zehngut, a former Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra member who previously served with the Minnesota Orchestra and San Diego Symphony.

In the double bass section, Derek Zadinsky, a member of the Cleveland Orchestra since 2012, moves up the section to the role of assistant principal double bass. Charles Paul will also join the section, having served with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

The Cleveland Orchestra has also appointed Michael Ferraguto as head librarian and Amy Zoloto as bass clarinet and clarinet.

Music director Franz Welser-Möst has appointed close to half of the current members of The Cleveland Orchestra. About this process, he said ’Selecting Cleveland Orchestra musicians is the biggest artistic investment we make. In close consultation with a musician panel, I always look for absolutely the best fit, which includes an extremely high standard of musicality for a world-class ensemble. When we pick the best players for a top team, we are not allowed to make a compromise. I’ve heard hundreds of people audition in 19 years and I am extremely proud of the collaboration with musicians who have advised me so well. When that special person shows up, we all know they are the right person.’

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