“Jonathan Crow, the elegant man who strides onstage in tails at Roy Thomson Hall cradling his violin, rides the Red Rocket, brown bags his lunch and cheers for the Montreal Canadiens. He is both cerebral and sensible, and we are about to get to know him better,” writes Trish Crawford in Tuesday’s (11/18) Toronto Star (Canada). “Crow, 37, is concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, a sought-after soloist, member of the esteemed New Orford String Quartet and a respected teacher. The lanky violinist is launching a series of chamber music concerts with TSO members beginning Thursday. ‘People want to get to know us personally,’ explains the symphony’s star player, who will introduce all of the pre-show concerts and play in three. The audience will sit in the choir section of the auditorium and the musicians will turn and face them, creating an intimate circle. ‘Sitting closer will bring a bit more of a connection,’ Crow says.… It’s been three years since Crow took on the job of concertmaster.… TSO music director Peter Oundjian says, ‘He’s incredibly versatile, a great teacher and a top notch soloist. He’s a greater concertmaster than I could have imagined.’ ”

Posted November 21, 2014