The Boston Symphony Orchestra welcomes seven new members
violinists Jenny Ahn, Sophie Wang and Takumi Taguchi; clarinetists Christopher Elchico and Andrew Sandwick; cellist Will Chow; and assistant librarian Russel Allyn are the newest members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Three of these musicians have already performed as members of the orchestra during the BSO’s 2021-22 season: Ms. Ahn and Mr. Elchico began performing with the orchestra on March 3 (Ives’ program, Unsuk Chin and Berlioz, with Andris Nelsons conducting) and Mrs. Wang began performing with orchestra on 7 April (program by Tchaikovsky, Ellen Reid and Sibelius, conducted by Anna Rakitina). Mr. Allyn began his position as assistant librarian on June 6. Mr. Chow, Mr. Taguchi and Mr. Sandwick will begin their orchestra membership on Thursday, September 22 – the opening concert of the 2022-23 BSO season, under Music Director Andris Nelson. Season details can be found at bso.org.
Violinist Jung-Eun (Jenny) Ahn is from Seoul, South Korea, and received her early musical education at Sunhwa Arts School and Korea National Arts School Pre-College. She came to the United States to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree from the Colburn Conservatory and a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. At the NEC, she was a member of the Honors String Quartet. She has performed frequently with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestra since 2014. Additionally, she has performed with the Chicago Symphony, Canada’s National Arts Center Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and A Far Cry. Ahn has performed at numerous summer festivals, including Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Taos School of Music, and the Banff Music Festival. In 2009, she was one of two violinists chosen to attend the National Arts Center Institute for Orchestral Studies under Pinchas Zukerman. As a chamber musician, she has performed at Ravinia Music Festival, 92nd YMCA in New York, Seoul Arts Center, Sejong Arts Center, and Kumho Art Center in Korea, among many other venues. His main teachers were Paul Biss, Min Park, Yuki Mori and Robert Lipsett.
Originally from Connecticut, Russel Allyn joined the New York City Ballet Orchestra as Music Librarian in 2017. He previously served as an Orchestra Library Fellow with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Tanglewood Music Center. Additionally, he has worked in the orchestral libraries of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Minnesota Orchestra. Russel is a member of the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association (MOLA).
Cellist Will Chow made his concerto debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, performing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations under Earl Lee in 2021 for one of the PSO’s first audiences since the COVID pandemic began. -19. He performed the Kodály Sonata for solo cello on the Heinz Hall stage for the PSO’s Center Stage series on WQED-FM, and he has also been heard on WHYY-TV and NPR’s From the Top. Previously, Chow performed as a soloist with the Nova Vista Symphony and the Peninsula Youth Orchestra. He was the principal cellist of the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble on Cedille Records’ Grammy-nominated album Two x Four, as well as the principal cellist of the Curtis Chamber Orchestra on Curtis on Tour. Chow has received numerous awards, including first place in the Mondavi National Young Artists Competition and the Lawrence Bedini Fellowship in San Francisco.
A dynamic and passionate chamber musician, Will Chow has collaborated with Mitsuko Uchida, Yo-Yo Ma, Ida Kavafian, Roberto Diaz and members of the Guarneri, Borromeo, Juilliard and Cleveland quartets. He has appeared at festivals such as Marlboro Music, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Perlman Music Program, Music from Angelfire and [email protected] As a recitalist, Chow has performed internationally in venues in countries ranging from Singapore to the Netherlands. This summer he joins the faculty of the Crescendo Summer Institute in Tokaj, Hungary.
Will Chow was appointed to the cello section of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2016 by Manfred Honeck after completing his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music under Carter Brey and Peter Wiley. Chow is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. Outside of music, he enjoys researching local boba tea shops in new towns and serving at the Pittsburgh Chinese Church.
Clarinetist Christopher Elchico has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Kansas City Symphony and New World Symphony. His main teachers were Burt Hara, associate principal clarinetist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and James Campbell, former professor of clarinet at the Jacobs School of Music Indiana University, where Mr. Elchico obtained a double master’s degree in clarinet performance and classical saxophone. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, clarinetist Andrew Sandwick assumed the position of bass/utility clarinet with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in September 2018. Prior to his Dallas appointment, he was 2nd/bass clarinet with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra from 2015 to 2018. As an orchestral musician, he has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera.
Andrew Sandwick’s awards include the Gino B. Cioffi Memorial Award at the 2015 Tanglewood Music Center, Third Prize in the 2015 Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition, and First Prize in the 2012-13 Pasadena Showhouse Instrumental Competition. During the summers, he performed at festivals such as Bravo Vail Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Pacific Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival. Sandwick holds a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Southern California and was a candidate for the master’s degree in music at Rice University. His main teachers are Yehuda Gilad, Richie Hawley and David Howard. He is an artist/clinician from the Buffet Crampon USA scene.
Takumi Taguchi is a recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Shmuel Ashkenasi, Midori and Aaron Rosand. His previous teachers include Simon James, Hiro David and Mihoko Hirata. In recent summers he has attended the Heifetz Institute in Staunton, VA, and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA.
Taguchi was co-concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra during the 2021-22 season and appeared with the Princeton Symphony and Symphony in C (NJ). He has also performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras in his hometown of Seattle, including the Seattle Symphony. A passionate chamber musician, he has collaborated with members of the Dover and Calidore quartets in performance and has been coached by members of the Guarneri, Vermeer, Tokyo, Takacs, Orion and Borromeo quartets.
Chinese-American violinist Sophie Wang is from Irmo, South Carolina, and has performed at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall and performed solo with the South Carolina Philharmonic and the Schwob School of Music Philharmonic. She has won first prizes at the Beijing International Music Festival, New York International Artists Competitions, and the National Association of Music Teachers. Prior to the BSO, Wang was assistant concertmaster of the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra and assistant concertmaster of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. A passionate chamber musician, she has collaborated with notable artists Roberto Díaz, Wendy Warner and Charles Wetherbee and has worked closely with the Borromeo, Shanghai and Brentano string quartets. She was a member of the Tanglewood Music Center and also participated in festivals such as IMS Prussia Cove, Taos School of Music and Sarasota Music Festival. Wang earned her graduate and master’s degrees from the New England Conservatory and a bachelor’s degree from Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music. His main teachers have included Malcolm Lowe, Donald Weilerstein, Sergiu Schwartz and William Terwilliger. She currently plays on a 1738 Testore violin generously loaned by the Colburn Collection.