Nashville Symphony Orchestra Names New Concertmaster

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Kurt Heinecke)

The Nashville Symphony has appointed Peter Otto as its new concertmaster, starting in January.

In a statement, the orchestra said, “We are thrilled to announce that violinist Peter Otto will be the Nashville Symphony’s new Concertmaster, occupying the Walter Buchanan Sharp Chair starting in January! Peter comes to us from The Cleveland Orchestra where he has served as First Associate Concertmaster and Acting Concertmaster. We extend our gratitude to Erin Hall for her impeccable service as Acting Concertmaster this past season. We look forward to welcoming Peter into the Nashville Symphony family!”

Otto was the first associate concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra since 2007. He was also a member of the first violin section of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, where he served as assistant concertmaster for two seasons.

The German musician studied under Christiane Hutcap, Lewis Kaplan, Vera Kramarowa, and Igor Ozim, and participated in masterclasses of Anne-Sophie Mutter, Igor Oistrakh, and Ruggiero Ricci.