Three new musicians to join NSO this season

Fri Sep 09, 2016 at 7:57 am
Peter Cain joins the National Symphony Orchestra as principal clarinetist this season.

Peter Cain joins the National Symphony Orchestra as bass clarinetist this season.

Christoph Eschenbach will step down as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra at the end of the 2016-17 season. The area where he likely will have had the longest-lasting impact on the ensemble is in the hiring of new principal musicians during his tenure.

Three new musicians will be joining the NSO this season.

Peter Cain is the orchestra’s new bass clarinetist. Cain had served as acting second clarinetist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra since 2015 and has performed with the Dayton Philharmonic and Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.

Eugena Chang comes to the NSO’s cello section from the Minnesota Orchestra, where she went after graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2007. She previously served as principal cellist with the Curtis Orchestra.

Robert Rearden will fill the position of second horn, having served as principal horn of the Florida Orchestra from 2010 to 2016.

Other significant hires during Eschenbach’s tenure include Abel Pereira (principal horn, hired in 2014), William Gerlach (principal trumpet, 2014), Adriana Horne (principal harp, 2013), Aaron Goldman (principal flute, promoted from assistant principal in 2013), Leah Arsenault (assistant principal flute, 2014), and Jauvon Gilliam (principal timpanist, 2010).

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