In this video, David Nadien, the New York Philharmonic’s concertmaster from 1966 to 1970, plays the Pas de deux violin solo from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

Nadien was appointed by Bernstein in 1966 in what was seen as quite a controversional move: the violinist had cut his teeth in the studios and commercial music, and he had virtually no professional symphony orchestra experience. However, his short tenure as concertmaster at the NY Phil is synonymous with the slick and muscular sound that Bernstein cultivated at the orchestra.

Nadien died in 2014 at the age of 88.