Toronto Symphony Orchestra Bids Farewell to 10 Members

The Canadian orchestra concurrently welcomes a new Resident Conductor

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The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) and music director Gustavo Gimeno have recently seen changes in their ensemble. The retiring musicians include Principal clarinetist Joaquin Valdepeñas, violinists Mi-Hyon Kim, Terry Holowach, and Young-Dae Park, percussionist John Rudolph, double bassist Paul Rogers, Associate Principal oboist Keith Atkinson, violist Dan Blackman, cellist Marie Gelinas, and Principal Librarian Gary Corrin.

Around the same time as the farewells, the TSO announced the appointment of conductor and composer Trevor Wilson as its next RBC Resident Conductor. He will begin in the role in September and will work with the TSO for the 2022/23 and 2023/24 seasons.

“The Orchestra and I were very impressed by Trevor’s obvious gifts as a conductor,” says Music Director Gustavo Gimeno. “His audition showed a confidence, musical intelligence and sensitivity that will be an asset to his work and growth with the TSO. We look forward to the next two years together.”

“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the TSO as Resident Conductor,” says Trevor Wilson. “As a young musician growing up in Ottawa, the opportunity to attend a Toronto Symphony Orchestra performance was always very special to me, and at the time I could only dream of the chance to perform with them myself. I am so grateful to now be joining the TSO family, working in my home country with one of Canada's foremost artistic institutions, under the exceptional leadership of Maestro Gustavo Gimeno.”

Wilson succeeds Simon Rivard, who has been the RBC Resident Conductor and TSYO Conductor since September 2018. While Rivard's tenure as RBC Resident Conductor comes to an end, he will continue in his position as TSYO Conductor through the TSYO’s 50th anniversary season in 2023/24.