The Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra has hired six new musicians from its latest round of auditions, including two principal players. Most of the new hires either have already started to perform with the orchestra at education concerts in October or will make their debuts at the next Masterclassics concert, Nov. 15, at the Singletary Center for the Arts.
Pei-San Chiu, principal flute: A native of Taiwan, she is pursing a doctorate in music at Indiana University, where she has served as associate instructor in flute since 2009. She recently made her Carnegie Hall debut after winning the Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition.
Andrew Duncan, principal trombone: Well traveled though orchestras in this region, he is currently a member of the United States Air Force Band of Flight and adjunct professor of low brass at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.
Anileys Bermudez, violin: A native of Cuba, her career has taken her through Europe, including the Netherlands and Spain, and recently Tennessee, where her posts include director of the Knoxville Strings, a violinist training program, as well as violinist in the Knoxville Symphony.
William Ronning, violin: He will already be familiar to many area music fans from appearances with the Niles Quartet and as concertmaster of the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. His stage career started as a soloist at age 12, and he is currently pursuing a masters of music in violin performance at UK.
Claire Whitcomb, viola: An active musician in the Nashville area, she was raised in Hendersonville, Tenn., received her bachelor’s at Middle Tennessee State University and her masters and artists diploma at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She is a founding member of the Lavanda Dolce Quartet.
Emmet Hanick, double bass: An Iowa City Native, he has performed with numerous orchestras in Indiana as well as the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, just completed a three year fellowship with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. His first concert with the Phil will be the Dec. 15 Candy Cane concert.
In addition to announcing the new hires, the Philharmonic announced three departures: Principal flute Emma Gerstein and substitute tuba Beth Wiese are joining the New World Symphony for its 2013-2014 season and violist Gi Yeon Koh is taking a leave of absence for a one-year position with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.