The Cleveland Orchestra
What can I say about playing in The Cleveland Orchestra? I'm fortunate enough to play a small part in one the the world's great orchestras. It has long been said that playing in The Cleveland Orchestra is like playing in a giant string quartet, and it's still true. Everyone listens to the rest of the orchestra, breathes and plays together. In a way, it's one of the easiest orchestras to play in because you never have to play "against" what other people are playing. It was always the orchestra I listened to when I was learning the repertoire for auditions and I still recommend it when students ask.
Touring is certainly one of my favorite parts of the job. We play regularly in great concert halls like Carnegie Hall, the Musikverein in Vienna - home of the Vienna Philharmonic, the KKL in Luzern, the Knight Concert Hall in Miami and all over the world.
If you want to listen to The Cleveland Orchestra, I recommend the DVDs of the Bruckner 5th and 9th symphonies and our Carnegie Hall broadcast - all conducted by our current music director, Franz Welser-Most, the Beethoven cycles with Szell or Dohnanyhi (the music director that hired me), Dohnanyhi's Schuman symphonies or the Brahms Haydn Variations, and any of the Szell recordings that are still available. You can hear how the orchestra has changed over the decades.