“Jeff Thayer, concertmaster of the San Diego Symphony, has many interactions in his personal and professional life,” writes Beth Wood in Thursday’s (11/29) San Diego Union Tribune. “He and his wife, Marlyse, delight in their 1-year-old daughter, Olive. As concertmaster, he serves as liaison between the conductor and the orchestra, and constantly communicates—not necessarily verbally—with symphony musicians. While those relationships go smoothly, there’s one that definitely has its ups and downs. It’s with the priceless 1708 ‘Sir Bagshawe’ Stradivarius violin he plays…. ‘Some notes need to be babied a little more to make it respond the way I want it to. The beauty, depth of color and sound are endless,’ Thayer said…. The San Diego Symphony’s concerts at Copley Symphony Hall on Friday and Sunday will feature Thayer in what is often called Mozart’s Turkish Concerto. On Monday, he will perform with the collaborative chamber-music ensemble Camera Lucida.… Thayer, 43, grew up in Pennsylvania, began playing violin at age 3, and has been the San Diego’s concertmaster since 2004…. At home, he finds satisfaction being the cook of the family…. ‘Cooking and walking are when I find balance. Otherwise, it’s full-time baby and full-time music.’ ”

Posted November 30, 2018