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David Halen To Serve as Guest Concertmaster for CSO European Tour


Current concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra to step in for eleven-concert European festivals tour


CINCINNATI— The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) announces that David Halen, concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, will step in as the guest concertmaster for the CSO’s upcoming European tour spanning three weeks and six countries in August and September 2017. The tour includes performances in Edinburgh, London (for the Orchestra’s BBC Proms debut), San Sebastian, Santander, Eindhoven, Utrecht, Antwerp and Paris. Mr. Halen steps in for CSO Concertmaster Timothy Lees, who is on medical leave.

Born in Bellevue, Ohio, David Halen didn’t have to look far for his musical influences: his father, the late Walter J. Halen, was also his violin professor at Central Missouri State University; his mother, a former member of the Kansas City Symphony; and his older brother, the Acting Concertmaster of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Halen began playing the violin at the age of six, and earned his bachelor’s degree at the age of 19. In that same year, he won the Music Teachers National Association Competition and was granted a Fulbright scholarship for study with Wolfgang Marschner at the Freiburg Hochschule für Musik in Germany, the youngest recipient ever to have been honored with this prestigious award. In addition, Halen holds a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, studying with Sergiu Luca.

Halen served as Assistant Concertmaster with the Houston Symphony Orchestra under Sergiu Comissiona and Christoph Eschenbach until 1991. He then came to St. Louis, where he was permanently named Concertmaster in September 1995, without audition, by the Orchestra, and with the endorsement of then Music Directors Leonard Slatkin and Hans Vonk. He has soloed with the orchestra in much of the major concerti in the violin repertoire. In addition, he has soloed with the Houston, San Francisco and West German Radio (Cologne) symphonies.

David Halen plays on a 1753 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin, made in Milan, Italy. He is married to Korean-born soprano Miran Cha Halen and has a teenage son.

The CSO’s 2017 touring activity is made possible by Tom and Dee Stegman and the estate of Chuck Yeiser. These major underwriters are also joined by the following supporters for the European tour: Sheila and Chris Cole; Tom Garber and Family; David Herriman; Sandra and Stephen Joffe; Marilyn and Jack Osborn; Dianne and J. David Rosenberg; The Harold C. Schott Foundation/Francie and Tom Hiltz, Trustees; Randolph and Sallie Wadsworth.

Learn more about the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s tour at csoontour.com.