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34 Years, 49 Heldenlebens, 41 Scheherazades: WSJ Profiles Dicterow

Posted June 23, 2014

Wall St. Journal Glenn Dicterow NY Philharmonic 

When the violinist Glenn Dicterow plays his last concert with the New York Philharmonic on June 28, it will be his 6,033rd while serving as concertmaster of the orchestra, and the final farewell in a season full of goodbyes.

"It's an emotional time," he said. "Whether we're playing Beethoven or whatever, I'm thinking, 'My last one, my last one.' "

So begins Corinne Ramey's lovely, informative profile of Glenn in Friday's Wall Street Journal. In it, Glenn talks about deciding to become a concertmaster and not a soloist, what a concertmaster does, and the Music Directors he's worked with, including Alan Gilbert:

"The more complicated, the more sense he makes out of it," said Mr. Dicterow. "His rhythm is like nobody else I know."

"He's so diligent and such a professional," said Mr. Gilbert, who hears Mr. Dicterow practicing through the violinist's studio door, and noted his dedication to the difficult biennial music from a few weeks ago.

"I hear him woodshedding and think, 'Wow, up to the bitter end,' " Mr. Gilbert said.

The Philharmonic salutes Glenn with a 3-volume recording titled New York Philharmonic Presents: The Glenn Dicterow Collection. This week stop by the east side of the Grand Promenade of Avery Fisher Hall and take a selfie with “Glenn Dicterow” (a life-size cut-out). Post it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #nyphilglenn, and you’ll be entered to win a free CD of Vol. 1. Ten winners will be notified by June 30.