American violinist David Radzynski, 28, has been announced as the new concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Radzynski is from Columbus, Ohio, and was selected following an audition that ended Dec. 19 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Radzynski will assume his position in March 2015. Thirty violinists were invited to compete for the position through a pre-screening process by the orchestra. He was one of the four finalists and earned the appointment after performing Johannes Brahms’s “Violin Concerto” alongside the Israel Philharmonic and maestro Zubin Mehta. After only five minutes of deliberation, the jury voted him the unanimous winner. “I am still trying to digest all that is happening. It is such an incredible honor,” said Radzynski, a graduate student who was pursuing an artist diploma in violin performance at Park University’s International Center for Music.
Classical music-goers united during a St. Louis Symphony performance of Brahm's German Requiem to protest the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. And as to be expected, the symphony halted their performance to join the voices.