Richard Roberts, OSM Concertmaster for 40 Years, Retires

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Montreal, September 21, 2022 — With deep emotion and boundless gratitude, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) bids farewell to Richard Roberts, Concertmaster with the Orchestra for the past 40 years! He leaves his position after this week’s concerts, during which the Orchestra performs. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Mendelssohn, a composer of whom he is particularly fond.

Richard Roberts studied at Indiana University with Josef Gingold and János Starker, as well as with Ivan Galamian and Henryk Szeryng in Geneva, before joining the Cleveland Orchestra, where he remained for eight years, under the direction of Maestro Lorin Maazel. He began his position as OSM Concertmaster in 1982, while the Orchestra’s Music Director was Charles Dutoit.

Richard Roberts’s performance history with the OSM is impressive: he has embarked with the Orchestra on 50 world tours and has contributed to some one hundred recordings.  His 40 years of music-making with the Orchestra have placed Mr. Roberts as 8th worldwide for longest-serving Concertmaster, according to the magazine Slipped Disc.

Mr. Roberts is also currently a professor of violin at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. He previously taught at the University of Minnesota, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Conservatoire de musique du Québec. Richard Roberts serves, moreover, as an editor with Ovation Press, specializing in sheet music for string players.

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Esteemed by his peers for his rigour and reliability, Mr. Roberts appreciates all styles of music and particularly enjoys discovering new works.

Maestro Rafael Payare, the Orchestra’s musicians, and the entire administrative team salute Mr. Roberts’s colossal output over the years and wish him the very best in all his future pursuits.  

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