Nathan Cole has been named concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Todd Rosenberg/Boston Symphony Orchestra.

In Monday’s (5/20) WBUR (Boston), Andrea Shay writes, “The concertmaster position at the Boston Symphony Orchestra that has been vacant for five years has finally been filled. Nathan Cole begins his new job when the BSO’s season at Tanglewood kicks off in July…. His predecessor Malcolm Lowe held the Charles Munch Chair for 35 years before retiring in 2019…. According to BSO music director Andris Nelsons, he and the orchestra chose Cole after exhaustive rounds of auditions that began in January. As a guest concertmaster, the violinist led the orchestra through performances of a demanding 1934 Shostakovich opera…. Since 2011 Cole has been first associate concertmaster with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he soloed many times at Walt Disney Concert Hall and Hollywood Bowl…. Prior to his position in Los Angeles, Cole was a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and principal second violin for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He’s been guest concertmaster for orchestras in cities including Houston, Seattle, and Pittsburgh. Cole’s life in music started as a child in Lexington, Kentucky. His parents and grandfather were professional musicians. Cole took the stage with the Louisville Orchestra when he was just 10 years old. The violinist attended the Curtis Institute of Music.”