They walk on stage last, just before the orchestra tunes, and they play the big solo violin lines in the orchestral repertoire. But there is a lot of behind the scenes and rehearsal work leading up to a concert that you don't see. Concertmaster of the NSO, Nurit Bar-Josef, gives an inside look at one of music's most coveted positions and plays some of her favorite solos.
Nurit Bar-Josef was appointed concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra in 2001 (then the youngest such appointee to a major U.S. orchestra) by then-Music Director Leonard Slatkin. She was previously assistant concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops from 1998 to 2001 and assistant principal second violin of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 1998.