Adelaide Symphony Orchestra of Australia appoints new concertmaster

Australian violinist Kate Suthers will return from London to play the role

South Australia Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) newly appointed Australian violinist Kate Suthers as the new concertmaster, replacing the ensemble’s long-standing concertmaster Natsuko Yoshimoto, who led the ASO between 2009 and 2020.

Originally from Sydney, Suthers studied with György Pauk in London royal academy of music. She has held positions with the Royal Philharmonic and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, while enjoying a varied independent career with orchestras such as the English National Opera, Scottish Ensemble, Aurora Orchestra and Hallé.

She is also the leader of the Artesian Quartetwhich debuted at the BBC Proms, were broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and toured the UK and overseas.

“I am truly delighted to join the ASO community of musicians and audiences, and to be a part of all the ways the ASO brings music to the people of South Australia,” Suthers said. “It’s very special for me to have the opportunity to come home.”

“Live music is unique, it only happens once, it’s just for the people in the room at the time – and whether you’re performing on stage or in the audience, only those people can to experience it, and it’s magical! I look forward to my first performance as the ASO’s concertmaster in 2023!”

“Kate’s many strengths as a leader stood out during her musical creation with the ASO in 2021,” said Vincent CiccarelloDirector General of ASO.

“Her ideas about the role of the orchestra, in performance and in the community, are very much aligned with the ASO’s vision. We are delighted that Kate is returning home to Australia to join the ASO at this time. We look forward to the impact that Kate’s musicality and leadership will have on the cultural life of South Australia.

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