The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) announced the appointment of world-renowned violinist Dale Barltrop as VSO Concertmaster beginning in September 2009.
Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Barltrop earned his Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Maryland, followed by a Professional Studies Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with William Preucil, Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra. Mr. Barltrop has been Principal Second Violin of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra since 2003 and Principal Second Violin of the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra in San Diego since 2005. He was also a co-founder and Director of the Philharmonia Ensemble at the University of Maryland from 2000 to 2002.
An accomplished violinist, Mr. Barltrop has won the Grand Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in 2003, the Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize at the Tanglewood Music Festival in 2002, and First Prize at the University of Maryland Concerto Competition in 2000. He has been featured as a soloist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in the works of Bach, Locatelli, Piazzolla, Schubert and Vivaldi.
In commenting on his appointment, Mr. Barltrop said, “I’m honoured to be the Vancouver Symphony’s new concertmaster. I had the opportunity to tour with the VSO this past May and the music-making was inspiring. They are wonderful musicians and I’m very much looking forward to joining them and calling Vancouver my home.”
Commenting on the appointment, Maestro Bramwell Tovey stated, “Dale is an exceptional musician in every way. He is not only a tremendous violinist and great classical artist, he is also a devoted advocate of music. I was so impressed with his professionalism and skill on our Central Canada Tour and the weeks in which he performed with us at the Orpheum, and look forward to Dale joining the orchestra on a full-time basis. I am delighted that Dale will make his home here in Vancouver, and he will become an indispensable part of the music community of British Columbia.”
As Concertmaster of the VSO, Mr. Barltrop takes on a position central to the artistic success of a symphony orchestra as the leader of the orchestra’s string section and as the artistic “right hand” to Music Director Bramwell Tovey. He will in fact be the conduit between every conductor and the orchestra during rehearsals and performances. Mr. Barltrop will appear as soloist with the VSO on a regular basis, and be a member of every audition committee for future appointments to the orchestra.
In addition to his substantial artistic role, Mr. Barltrop will be active in the VSO’s extensive educational programs, serve as an ambassador of the VSO at public and private functions, and participate in various fundraising and social functions on behalf of the organization.