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Benjamin Bowman is the new concertmaster of Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Robert Rowat

The Metropolitan Opera has appointed Canadian violinist Benjamin Bowman to one of its two concertmaster chairs. He joins the Met Orchestra's current concertmaster, David Chan, who continues in his role. Bowman will begin with an initial one-year tenure for the 2017-18 season.

Bowman, who grew up in Brandon, Man., has been concertmaster of the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra since 2014. Prior to that, he was associate concertmaster of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and concertmaster of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra.

Bowman is a regular guest of Toronto's ARC Ensemble and Amici Chamber Ensemble. He will host CBC Radio 2's This is My Music on June 17.

The Metropolitan Opera's 2017-18 season begins Sept. 25 with a new production of Bellini's Norma. It also marks the beginning of Yannick Nézet-Séguin's tenure as music director designate.

Below, watch Bowman play first violin in a performance of Mozart's String Quintet in G Minor, K. 516.

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