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Monday, 28 September, 2015

Seattle, WA – Music Director Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony welcome four new musicians this season, including Bass Ted Botsford, Second Violin Brittany Boulding, Third Horn John Turman, and Third/Assistant Principal Trumpet Alexander White. All four musicians are performing with the orchestra at the start of the current season.

Bassist Ted Botsford comes to the Seattle Symphony from the Oregon Symphony, where he has been Assistant Principal Bass since 2010 and served as Acting Principal Bass from 2013–2015. He is an avid chamber musician and soloist, performing frequently with groups including 45th Parallel, Fear No Music and Third Angle. He currently serves as Principal Bass of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California. A graduate of Rice University, Botsford earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in bass performance with Paul Ellison.

A Pacific Northwest native, new Second Violinist Brittany Boulding has performed regularly with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera. She has been Concertmaster of the Northwest Sinfonietta and the Auburn Symphony as well as Associate Concertmaster of the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Boulding earned her Bachelor of Music from Rice University and her Professional Studies Certificate from the Colburn Conservatory under the tutelage of Robert Lipsett. Boulding has appeared as soloist with the Auburn Symphony, Cascade Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta de Camara Concierto Sur (Cuba) and Spoleto USA.

Prior to his position as Third Horn with the Seattle Symphony, John Turman was awarded the position of principal horn of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in the spring of 2015. During the 2013­–2014 season, Turman performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as acting third horn. Additionally, he has performed with the Austin Lyric Opera, Austin Symphony, Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Symphony. Turman received his degree in Horn Performance from Rice University in 2015 where he studied with William VerMeulen.

Alexander White returns to the Seattle Symphony as Third/Assistant Principal Trumpet (a position he held on temporary contract from 2012 to 2014) after being Principal Trumpet of the Malaysian Philharmonic, and was Associate Principal Trumpet of the Seoul Philharmonic from 2010 to 2012. He was the winner of the Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Award (2009 Winds Division). White was admitted to The Juilliard School in 2004 with Presidential Distinction, and went on to receive his bachelor’s and master’s degrees there under teachers Raymond Mase and Mark Gould.

About the Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history. Under the leadership of Music Director Ludovic Morlot since September 2011, the Symphony is heard live from September through July by more than 300,000 people. It performs in one of the finest modern concert halls in the world — the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall — in downtown Seattle. Its extensive education and community-engagement programs reach over 65,000 children and adults each year. The Seattle Symphony has a deep commitment to new music, commissioning many works by living composers each season, including John Luther Adams’ recent Become Ocean, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music and a 2015 Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. The orchestra has made more than 140 recordings and has received 18 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades. In 2014 the Symphony launched its in-house recording label, Seattle Symphony Media. 

Photography Credits (from top to bottom): Paul Fardig, Brian Hartman, Richie Hawley, Yuen Lui

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