Alexander Velinzon has been appointed concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony. The Russian-born violinist has been assistant concertmaster of Boston Symphony Orchestra since 2005. He will start his new role in June of this year. Velinzon succeeds Maria Larionoff, who stepped down at the end of the 2010–11 season.

Born in St Petersburg, Velinzon moved to the US in 1990. He studied with Alexander Markov at the Manhattan School of Music, and later with Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School. He won the Artist International 1996 Young Artist Auditions and made his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. In 1999 he gave his debut New York concerto performance, playing Paganini's Concerto no.1 in D major with the Jupiter Symphony.