Joseph Silverstein

Joseph Silverstein

Internationally acclaimed conductor and violinist Joseph Silverstein was Music Director of the Utah Symphony Orchestra from 1983 until 1998. He received his formal training at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia; his teachers included Josef Gingold, Mischa Mischakoff, and Efrem Zimbalist.

Upon leaving Curtis, Mr. Silverstein joined the Boston Symphony in the fall of 1955. He became concertmaster in 1962 and assistant conductor in 1971, holding both positions through the 1983-84 season.

As a conductor and soloist, Joseph Silverstein has appeared with hundreds of orchestras in the United States, as well as the Far East, Israel and Europe. Future and recent-past engagements with Mr. Silverstein conducting and appearing as soloist include the Milwaukee Symphony, the Utah Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, France’s Orchestre Nationale de Lille, the Berlin Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, as well as appearances at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Aspen Music Festival.

He has been a member of the faculties at Yale University, the New England Conservatory, Boston University and the Tanglewood Music Center and currently is a member of the string faculty of the Curtis Institute and an artist member of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York.

Mr. Silverstein has recorded extensively for RCA, Deutsche Grammophon, CBS, Nonesuch, New World Records, Telarc and Pro Arte. His Telarc recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Boston Symphony Orchestra received a Grammy nomination. Other recent recordings, on which Mr. Silverstein is both conductor and featured soloist, are with the Utah Symphony on Pro Arte. Other recent releases include the Bach Brandenburg Concertos with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on Delos, and the Schmitt Quintet in G Major on Sony Classical.

Joseph Silverstein is a member of the SAA Honorary Board.

Introducing Joseph Silverstein

March 5, 2008 by Teri Einfeldt, Joseph Silverstein

What projects are you involved with at the moment? At the moment I am actively involved guest conducting, soloing, playing chamber music, teaching, and just enjoying music as much as ever being an amateur in the very best sense of the… Read more ▶

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