In Wednesday’s (7/14) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Andrew Druckenbrod writes, “Long before violinist Aaron Boyd set people on the edge of their seats with his playing, he led people to them. The Brighton Heights native spent a year as an usher in Heinz Hall in 1995, an experience that fanned the flames of passion he had for classical music, and for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. ‘I saw this as a chance to hear the concerts,’ says Mr. Boyd, 31. ‘It was amazing. I just loved that job.’ He loves his current job even more. Mr. Boyd is into his second year as the Tucson Symphony concertmaster. ‘Of all the things I have done musically, being a concertmaster is the most challenging, and that is why I like it,’ he says. … Mr. Boyd has impressed enough in his first year to be asked to audition for the empty [Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra] concertmaster chair created by the departing Andres Cardenes. He did so in May in front of music director Manfred Honeck and the search committee. Mr. Boyd is one of many candidates who have appeared with the PSO or auditioned for the position. … ‘It was an honor to be there,’ said Mr. Boyd."

Posted July 15, 2010