Lead Poisoning at the Root of Beethoven's Torment--and His Death
Israeli-born Pinchas Steinberg has been chosen to succeed Fabio Luisi as chief conductor and artistic director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. He will begin his duties as artistic director on January 1, 2001, to prepare to take on the chief conductorship in the 2002–03 season. Steinberg was chief conductor of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1989 to 1996.
Hans Graf has been appointed by the Houston Symphony to replace Christoph Eschenbach as music director. Eschenbach began his 11-year tenure at the Houston Symphony in 1988, and is credited by many with greatly influencing the Orchestra’s high performance standard.
Andre Emelianoff has been appointed to teach at the Juilliard School after teaching cello in Juilliard’s Pre-College division for the past ten years. Emelianoff is principal cellist with the New York Chamber Symphony and performs with the Da Capo Chamber Players. During the summer, he teaches at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival and the Salzburg Festival.
ASTA with NSOA presented its new 2000–02 National Executive Board in August. Appointments included Robert Jesselson, cello professor at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, who was elected president, and David Littrell, professor of music at Kansas State University who is now president-elect. Carol Smith, elected secretary, hails from Sam Houston State University Symphony Orchestra, where she was conductor and director of orchestral studies.