fb-pixel Skip to main content

Former BSO concertmaster Joseph Silverstein

They play the violin, and sit on stage immediately to the conductor’s left. They initiate the orchestra’s tuning and sometimes play solos. They command large salaries. For many casual concert-goers, or even habitual ones, that may be all they know about this rarest of orchestral species: the concertmaster. And for the public at large, the term may simply draw a blank stare, or be filed away in a well-stuffed folder labeled “decorous conventions of an art form cloaked in mystery.” (Video courtesy of Boston Symphony Orchestra)

More videos

More Videos