Greenville Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Laura Colgate to Conclude Tenure

Greenville, SC – Music Director and Conductor Edvard Tchivzhel and the Greenville
Symphony Orchestra announced that Concertmaster Laura Colgate will conclude her tenure at the end of the 2020-21 season. Colgate, who has served as the GSO’s first chair violinist since 2018, will focus on her role as Executive Director of the Boulanger Initiative, an advocacy organization for women composers she recently founded.
“It has been an immense honor and privilege to serve the Greenville Symphony Orchestra   as Concertmaster these past seasons,” said Colgate. “I am grateful for the amazing musicians and humans of the GSO whom I also call friends. I owe a special debt of gratitude to Julie Fish, Angie Jones, and Edvard Tchivzhel for their incredible leadership and the difference they have made to so many – especially during a challenging year. Our lives as GSO musicians would be very different without their dedication and support. I am sad to be stepping down from this role, and wish the musicians, staff and all in the GSO community the very best moving forward.”
“Laura was an excellent concertmaster,” noted Greenville Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor Edvard Tchivzhel. “Her very high professionalism, outstanding musicianship, and strong leadership brought a substantial input into GSO’s music making. We will miss her very much.”
Colgate will return as guest soloist on the GSO Masterworks Series next season. In concerts led by Tchivzhel on March 19 & 20 of 2022, Colgate will take center stage for the First Violin Concerto of Dmitri Shostakovich.
A worldwide search for a new concertmaster will begin immediately. “Concertmaster is a key artistic position in the orchestra,” said GSO Executive Director Julianne Fish. “The search may take some time, but Maestro Tchivzhel and the musicians of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra make this an attractive opportunity. I am confident we will see a deep and talented pool of candidates and ultimately select a worthy successor for Laura Colgate.”
THE GREENVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA began in 1948 as a small group of volunteer musicians performing in the Women’s College auditorium on the old campus of Furman University. It has made its home in downtown Greenville’s Peace Center since 1990 and has been led by Music Director & Conductor Edvard Tchivzhel since 1999. The Russian-born Tchivzhel is the 5th Music Director in the GSO’s history.
Programs that generate passion for orchestral music are at the core of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra’s service to the community. Annually, the GSO offers more than 185 different events that reach 51,000 people in the Upstate.


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