Violinist Justine Lamb-Budge has been named the new concertmaster for the Canton Symphony Orchestra. Lamb-Budge was chosen from four finalists and emerged as the clear leader to lead the orchestra. The position became open with the departure of Lauren Roth to the Tucson Symphony as well as Nathan Olson to the Dallas Symphony.
“Once again we had strong interest in the position of concertmaster,” stated Gerhardt Zimmermann, conductor of the Canton Symphony Orchestra. “With the quality of music we perform, our concertmaster position in Canton is one of a few that receives broad national interest.”
Lamb-Budge has been a notable performer in concerts across North America and Europe. “The great skill, passion and nuance of her playing and her strong commitment to the critically important role of concertmaster is an inspiration to all of us,” says Piotr Gajewski, Music Director of the National Philharmonic, where Justine is also concertmaster.
Along with her new position with the Canton Symphony, and at the National Philharmonic, Justine is the Principal Second violinist of Symphony in C, Associate Concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra (Philadelphia) and frequently performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Justine was born and raised in Philadelphia where she began Suzuki violin studies at the age of six. She joined the Main Line Youth Chamber Orchestra at eight years old where she performed with them at the Academy of Music. She has been the recipient of many prestigious awards and has participated in may acclaimed programs as well as the attendance of master classes with Peter Oundjian, Ilya Kaler, Juliette Kang, David Kim, Boris Garlitsky, Glen Dicterow, the Liebesfreud Quartet, and Joseph Lin.
This fall she will be starting her Master in Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music while studying with the concertmaster of the Cleveland Symphony, violinist William Preucil who is the opening night guest artist of the Canton Symphony on October 6, 2013.
Tickets for the symphony series start at a very affordable $15 for Casual, $18 for Pops and $25 for Masterworks concerts. There are senior, student and group discounts available. Dress is casual and concerts are recommended for ages 8 and up. Tickets and the full concert season schedule are available online at www.CantonSymphony.org, by calling 330-452-2094, or by walk-up at individual concerts. Some concerts do sell out in advance.
Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain. Under the direction of Gerhardt Zimmermann, the orchestra performs classical, pops, holiday, and educational programs. Most performances are in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio (at McKinley High School across from C.T. Branin Natatorium). Parking at McKinley High School is free. For more information, please visit www.CantonSymphony.org