Joseph Silverstein


Renowned violinist and conductor Joseph Silverstein was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2011-2012 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for his long and impressive career in music.

He became concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1962, a position he held for 22 years. He served as assistant conductor of the BSO in 1971 and music director from 1983 to 1998 of the Utah Symphony, which named him conductor laureate in the 1998-1999 season. He also served as principal guest conductor of Seattle’s Northwest Chamber orchestra and has been artistic adviser for many orchestras, including Hartford, Kansas City, Baltimore, Toledo, Winnipeg, Oakland, and Louisville.

In addition to conduction, Silverstein has always been an active soloist, chamber music performer and teacher. He organized the Boston Symphony Chamber Players in 1962 and joined the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as an Artist of the Society in 1993. He is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and has been on the faculties of Boston University, Yale University, Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Sarasota Music Festival.

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