Violinist Mikhail Medvid served as concertmaster of the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra since 1989


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The Xalapa Symphony Orchestra (OSX) in Mexico has announced the retirement of its concertmaster, Mikhail Medvid. Medvid has served as concertmaster of the OSX since 1989 and performed his final concert on 26 January 2024, making him the longest-serving concertmaster in the orchestra’s 95-year history.

Born in Ukraine, Medvid went on to study with David Oistrakh and Valery Klimov at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He was then invited to become concertmaster of the OSX at the end of 1989.

In addition to his concertmaster duties, Medvid also served as a violin professor at the University of Veracruz, teaching numerous students who have become members of the OSX and major orchestras worldwide.

Medvid’s final concert at the Tlaqná Concert Hall in Xalapa was marked with an acknowledgement from the orchestra and the conductor, Martin Lebel, who thanked him for his long career. His final appearance to tune the orchestra initiated a standing ovation from the audience, and he was presented with a commemorative certificate.

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