Joseph Silverstein at 75by Alison Young, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — Violinist Joseph Silverstein, one of the most celebrated concertmasters in history, celebrated his 75th birthday last week and continues to maintain an active schedule of recordings and chamber music performances.
In addition to a 22-year tenure as concertmaster with the Boston Symphony, Silverstein served as the orchestra's assistant conductor and later became music director of the Utah Symphony. These days he's principal conductor of Seattle's Northwest Chamber Orchestra and the New England Conservatory of Music Orchestra.
He came to the Twin Cities for a recital last weekend sponsored by the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota. Silverstein stopped by the Minnesota Public Radio studios to talk with Alison Young about his career and his hopes for the next generation.