Meet the Musicians
of The Cleveland Orchestra

The 100-plus members of The Cleveland Orchestra perform together year round, at the group’s home at Severance Hall, its summer home at Blossom Music Center, on tours in the United States and around the world, and at residencies such as Miami and Vienna. They make their homes in communities across the Cleveland metropolitan area, raising children and pursuing a range of hobbies and interests beyond their musical professions.

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Franz Welser-Möst

Music Director
Franz Welser-Möst

Kelvin Smith Family Chair

Franz Welser-Möst is among today’s most distinguished conductors. The 2020-21 season marks his nineteenth year as music director of The Cleveland Orchestra, with the future of this acclaimed partnership extending into the next decade.


"America's Finest"

-The New York Times

Each musician was asked to join The Cleveland Orchestra following a rigorous audition process that often attract hundreds of applications for each opening. The members represent the best orchestral musicians on Earth. They have earned degrees from the world's best schools and conservatories, with many now serving as teachers at colleges and universities across Northeast Ohio.

Conductors

Christoph von Dohnányi
Music Director Laureate

Christoph von Dohnányi

Vinay Parameswaran

Vinay Parameswaran

Associate Conductor
Elizabeth Ring and William Gwinn Mather Endowed Chair
Music Director
Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra
Lisa Wong
Director of Choruses

Lisa Wong

Frances P. and Chester C. Bolton Chair

First Violins

Peter Otto
First Associate Concertmaster

Peter Otto

Virginia M. Lindseth, PhD, Chair
Jung-Min Amy Lee
Associate Concertmaster

Jung-Min Amy Lee

Gretchen D. and Ward Smith Chair
Jessica Lee
Assistant Concertmaster

Jessica Lee

Clara G. and George P. Bickford Chair
Stephen Tavani
Assistant Concertmaster

Stephen Tavani

Takako Masame

Takako Masame

Paul and Lucille Jones Chair
Wei-Fang Gu

Wei-Fang Gu

Drs. Paul M. and Renate H. Duchesneau Chair
Kim Nolen Gomez

Kim Nolen Gomez

Elizabeth and Leslie Kondorossy Chair
Chul-In Park

Chul-In Park

Harriet T. and David L. Simon Chair
Miho Hashizume

Miho Hashizume

Theodore Rautenberg Chair
Jeanne Preucil Rose

Jeanne Preucil Rose

Larry J.B. and Barbara S. Robinson Chair
Alicia Koelz

Alicia Koelz

Oswald and Phyllis Lerner Gilroy Chair
Yu Yuan

Yu Yuan

Patty and John Collinson Chair
Isabel Trautwein

Isabel Trautwein

Trevor and Jennie Jones Chair
Mark Dumm

Mark Dumm

Gladys B. Goetz Chair

Second Violins

Stephen Rose
Principal

Stephen Rose

Alfred M. and Clara T. Rankin Chair
Emilio Llinás
Assistant Principal

Emilio Llinás

James and Donna Reid Chair
Eli Matthews
First Assistant Principal

Eli Matthews

Patricia M. Kozerefski and Richard J. Bogomolny Chair
Emma Shook

Emma Shook

Dr. Jeanette Grasselli Brown and Dr. Glenn R. Brown Chair

Violas

Wesley Collins
Principal

Wesley Collins

Chaillé H. and Richard B. Tullis Chair
Lynne Ramsey
First Assistant Principal

Lynne Ramsey

Charles M. and Janet G. Kimball Chair
Stanley Konopka
Assistant Principal Viola

Stanley Konopka

Mark Jackobs

Mark Jackobs

Jean Wall Bennett Chair
Lisa Boyko

Lisa Boyko

Richard and Nancy Sneed Chair
Lembi Veskimets

Lembi Veskimets

The Morgan Sisters Chair

Cellos

Mark Kosower
Principal

Mark Kosower

Louis D. Beaumont Chair
Richard Weiss
First Assistant Principal

Richard Weiss

The GAR Foundation Chair
Charles Bernard
Assistant Principal

Charles Bernard

Helen Weil Ross Chair
Bryan Dumm

Bryan Dumm

Muriel and Noah Butkin Chair
Tanya Ell

Tanya Ell

Thomas J. and Judith Fay Gruber Chair
Brian Thornton

Brian Thornton

William P. Blair III Chair

Basses

Maximilian Dimoff
Principal

Maximilian Dimoff

Clarence T. Reinberger Chair
Scott Haigh
First Assistant Principal

Scott Haigh

Mary E. and F. Joseph Callahan Chair
Henry Peyrebrune

Henry Peyrebrune

Charles Barr Memorial Chair

Harp

Trina Struble
Principal

Trina Struble

Alice Chalifoux Chair

Flute

Joshua Smith
Principal

Joshua Smith

Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Chair
Jessica Sindell
Assistant Principal

Jessica Sindell

Austin B. and Ellen W. Chair
Mary Kay Fink

Mary Kay Fink


Principal Piccolo
Anne M. and M. Roger Clapp Endowed Chair

Oboes

Frank Rosenwein
Principal

Frank Rosenwein

Edith S. Taplin Chair
Corbin Stair

Corbin Stair

Sharon and Yoash Wiener Chair
Jeffrey Rathbun
Assistant Principal

Jeffrey Rathbun

Everett D. and Eugenia S. McCurdy Chair
Robert Walters

Robert Walters


English Horn
Samuel C. and Bernette K. Jaffe Chair

Clarinets

Afendi Yusuf
Principal

Afendi Yusuf

Robert Marcellus Chair
Robert Woolfrey

Robert Woolfrey

Victoire G. and Alfred M. Rankin, Jr. Chair
Daniel McKelway
Assistant Principal

Daniel McKelway

Robert R. and Vilma L. Kohn Chair

E-flat Clarinet
Stanley L. and Eloise M. Morgan Chair

Bassoons

John Clouser
Principal

John Clouser

Louise Harkness Ingalls Chair
Barrick Stees
Assistant Principal

Barrick Stees

Sandra L. Haslinger Chair
Jonathan Sherwin

Jonathan Sherwin


Contrabassoon

Horns

Nathaniel Silberschlag
Principal

Nathaniel Silberschlag

George Szell Memorial Chair
Michael Mayhew
Assistant Principal

Michael Mayhew

Knight Foundation Chair
Jesse McCormick

Jesse McCormick

Robert B. Benyo Chair

Trumpets

Michael Sachs
Principal

Michael Sachs

Robert and Eunice Podis Weiskopf Chair

Cornet
Mary Elizabeth and G. Robert Klein Chair
Lyle Steelman
Assistant Principal

Lyle Steelman

James P. and Dolores D. Storer Chair

Trombones

Shachar Israel
Assistant Principal

Shachar Israel

Robert and Eunice Podis Weiskopf Chair
Richard Stout

Richard Stout

Alexander and Marianna C. McAfee Chair

Euphonium and Bass Trumpet

Tuba

Yasuhito Sugiyama
Principal

Yasuhito Sugiyama

Nathalie C. Spence and Nathalie S. Boswell Chair

Timpani

Paul Yancich
Principal

Paul Yancich

Otto G. and Corinne T. Voss Chair
Tom Freer
Assistant Principal

Tom Freer

Mr. and Mrs. Richard K. Smucker Chair

Percussion

Percussion

Marc Damoulakis
Principal

Marc Damoulakis

Otto G. and Corinne T. Voss Chair

Keyboard Instruments

Joela Jones
Principal

Joela Jones

Rudolf Serkin Chair
Carolyn Gadiel Warner

Carolyn Gadiel Warner

Marjory and Marc L. Swartzbaugh Chair

Librarians

Robert O’Brien
Head Librarian

Robert O’Brien

Joe and Marlene Toot Chair

Endowed Chairs Currently Unoccupied

Previously held by former musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra, these chairs were made by possible by the generosity of those who deeply believe in our mission, music, and legacy.

  • Sidney and Doris Dworkin Chair
  • Blossom-Lee Chair
  • Sunshine Chair
  • Myrna and James Spira Chair
  • Gilbert W. and Louise I. Humphrey Chair