Slovak virtuoso named the Vienna Symphony's concertmaster

Dalibor Karvay starting playing the violin at the age of three.

Slovak violinist Dalibor Karvay was appointed as the first Vienna Symphony concertmaster on November 14, 2019Slovak violinist Dalibor Karvay was appointed as the first Vienna Symphony concertmaster on November 14, 2019 (Source: Wiener Symphoniker)

The Vienna Symphony has a new concertmaster. Slovak violin virtuoso Dalibor Karvay has been named the first chair after he won an audition in mid-November.

"I have appreciated the work of the Vienna Symphony as one of Europe's leading orchestras for many years," Karvay said, as quoted in a press release.

A concertmaster is the second most important position in an orchestra, after a conductor.

35-year-old Karvay has years of experience as a violinist, performing with renowned orchestras and artists. The Slovak virtuoso also played for Prince Charles in 2003 at Windsor Castle in the UK.

Violinist from Vrútky

Karvay's father gave his son his first violin lesson when he was only three years old. Since then, the Vrútky-born artist has won several awards.

"Karvay is an extraordinarily talented, virtuoso violinist. He is also familiar with our musical traditions and sound ideas through his training here in Vienna," Orchestra Work Council Member Thomas Schindl claimed.

The Slovak violinist is replacing Jan Pospíchal, who retired in October 2019.

Karvay also teaches at the Private University of Music and Art in Vienna.

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