Glenn Dicterow (born December 23, 1948), is an American violinist and is currently concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Dicterow's musical gifts became apparent when, at age 11, he made his solo debut with the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Harold Dicterow, his father, served as principal of the second violin section in the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 52 years. Over the following years, Mr. Dicterow became one of the most sought-after young violinists, appearing as soloist from coast to coast.
Mr. Dicterow went on to win numerous awards and competitions, including the Young Musicians Foundation Award and Coleman Award (Los Angeles), The Julia Klumpke Award (San Francisco), and the Bronze Medal in the International Tchaikovsky Competition (1970). He is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Ivan Galamian. Other teachers have included Erno Neufeld, Eudice Shapiro, Naoum Blinder, Manuel Compinsky, Jascha Heifetz, and Henryk Szeryng.
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In 1967 he appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Andre Kostelanetz in the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. He was then 18 years old. In 1980 he joined the Orchestra as Concertmaster and has since performed as soloist every year. Prior to joining the New York Philharmonic, Mr. Dicterow served as Associate Concertmaster and Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. During a New York Philharmonic tour of major American cities in 1986, Mr. Dicterow was featured in Leonard Bernstein's Serenade with the composer conducting. In 1990 he played the Carmen Fantasy by Waxman under the direction of Zubin Mehta in a Live from Lincoln Center concert telecast. In 1982, Dicterow was a soloist in the Orchestra's concert at the White House.
In recent years, Mr. Dicterow has been the featured soloist with the New York Philharmonic in Prokofiev's Second Violin Concerto with guest conductor Yuri Temirkanov, Gian Carlo Menotti's Violin Concerto under the direction of Kurt Masur, and Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 with Christian Thielemann. During the Philharmonic's 1998 Asian Tour, he was soloist in the Barber Violin Concerto in Manila, Korea, and in Beijing, China, where he performed in The Great Hall of the People to an audience of more than 10,000 people. In the 2005-06 season, he was the soloist in Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3, K.216 with Bramwell Tovey conducting, and Mozart's Serenade No. 7 in D major, K.248B, "Haffner," with Sir Colin Davis. In the 2006-07 season he will play the Brahms Double Concerto with Philharmonic Principal Cello Carter Brey in New York and on the Orchestra's 2007 European Tour.
Mr. Dicterow has also been a guest soloist with the symphony orchestras of Los Angeles, Baltimore, Birmingham, Chautauqua, Grant Park, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Mexico City, Miami, Montreal, Omaha, and Tampa, to name a few. More recent engagements have included solo concerts with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Bernstein Serenade with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in "Isaac Stern at Eighty: A Birthday Celebration" at Carnegie Hall. In February 2002 he performed Miklós Rózsa's Symphonie Concertante and the Wagner-Waxman Tristan Fantasy with Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming activities include an October, 2006 appearance with the San Diego Symphony, led by Jahja Ling, in Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor; a recital at the University of Texas in January, 2007; and a performance with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in February, 2007.
On May 24, 2012, Dicterow announced that he would step down as concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic to join the full-time faculty at the University of Southern California. Joining other distinguished faculty members such as Midori, Dicterow will hold the first Robert Mann Endowed Chair in Violin and Chamber Music at the USC Thornton School of Music. The appointment begins in the Fall of 2013, although Dicterow plans to stay with the New York Philharmonic through the end of the 2013-2014 season.