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Violinist Wyatt Underhill joined the San Francisco Symphony as assistant concertmaster in 2018. He was previously assistant concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony, substitute concertmaster with the New Haven Symphony, and associate concertmaster of Symphony in C. He is the founding first violinist of the Blue Hill String Quartet and a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and Juilliard School. He was a top prizewinner in the Irving M. Klein International Competition for Strings.

For years, if someone were to ask me any variation of the question, “What has been your most fulfilling musical experience?” I had a ready answer: During my second year as a master’s student at Juilliard, I had the opportunity to play concertmaster for the orchestra’s annual concert at Carnegie Hall, performing Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben. This piece has one of the most famous concertmaster solos in the repertoire, and I was understandably rather excited to play it in context and in such a setting. As an undergrad, I had solidified my desire to pursue the orchestral path and, more specifically, the concertmaster path, and leading Ein Heldenleben was one of those times when I could honestly say there was nothing else in the world I’d rather be doing.

 

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