Philharmonic welcomes 6 new musicians

rcopley@herald-leader.comNovember 3, 2013 

The Lexington Philharmonic orchestra has hired six new musicians from its latest round of auditions, including two principal players. Some of the new hires started to perform with the orchestra at education concerts in October; others will make their debuts this month and next.

Pei-San Chiu, principal flute: A native of Taiwan, she is pursuing 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 the region, he is currently a member of the 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, and violinist in the Knoxville Symphony.

William Ronning, violin: He will 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 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 T ennessee State University and her masters and artists diploma at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She is a founding member of Lavanda Dolce Quartet.

Emmet Hanick, double bass: An Iowa City native, he has performed with numerous orchestras in Indiana and the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, and just completed a three-year fellowship with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Fla.

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 2013-14 season, and violist Gi Yeon Koh is taking a leave of absence for a one-year position with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

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