Kansas Metropolis Symphony Publicizes New Concertmaster

(Picture courtesy: Mimir Chamber Music Competition)


As concertmaster of the Nashville Symphony since 2011, Jun Iwasaki was chosen by the Kansas Metropolis Symphony from a gaggle of extremely certified candidates on the finish of an attentive search to fill the position.

“I’m each honored and excited to be named the subsequent concertmaster of the Kansas Metropolis Symphony,” stated Iwasaki within the press launch. “I actually sit up for attending to know each the Kansas Metropolis Symphony group and the town itself as I tackle my new position.”

A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Concertmaster Academy, Iwasaki has been hailed as “the magician of the night…He may attain into his violin and pull out bouquets of sound, then attain behind your ear and contact your soul,” wrote the Fort Value Star Telegram

“I imagine we’ve got discovered an outstanding concertmaster in Jun, and I’m satisfied that he’s going to be an enormous contributor to the KCS’s ongoing success,” expressed KCS music director, Michael Stern. “He’s a wonderful violinist, a compelling and pure musician with confirmed expertise, and a beneficiant colleague. 

“Above all, he’ll carry nice management not solely in his position on stage, however as a pressure for music and the humanities, and for our Symphony, all through the neighborhood…I sit up for the impressed musical highway forward,” Stern stated.

“[Jun’s] intensive management expertise shall be invaluable as we innovate and advance in creative service to Kansas Metropolis,” added government director Danny Beckley. “[He] is the best individual to assist lead our ambitions and to assist our efforts to develop neighborhood engagement robustly with symphonic music.”

Previous to becoming a member of the Nashville Symphony, Iwasaki served as concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony from 2007 to 2011. He has appeared with many orchestras all through Europe and the U.S., together with the Blossom Competition Orchestra, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Atlanta and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras, Gulbenkian Orchestra, and the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra. 

Moreover, he has served as concertmaster of the Asian Artists and Live shows Orchestra, plus been visitor chief of the Santa Barbara Symphony, São Paulo Symphony, and Nationwide Arts Middle Orchestra. His varied accolades embrace first prize within the 2005 Japanese American Affiliation Competitors and the Coleman Chamber Music Competitors.

Earlier than his formal duties with KCS start, Iwasaki will be part of them of their last subscription live shows of the season. His first official efficiency in his new position shall be in KCS’s “Royal Gala: Let’s Have a Ball” live performance on September 10, 2022.