Two musician appointments to the RSNO

Paolo Dutto joins as Principal Contrabassoon and Robin Wilson as Second Violin

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has announced that Paolo Dutto has been appointed to the position of Principal Contrabassoon. Dutto will officially take up the post in May 2019.

Robin Wilson is also appointed to Scotland’s national orchestra,  and will join its second violin section in June.

Dutto is one of the founding members of the award-winning Sinestesia Woodwind Quintet and has performed with orchestras such as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai and the Orchestra Sinfonica del Teatro Alla Scala in Milan.

Wilson comes to Scotland following a successful career in London, performing regularly with the Royal Philharmonic and London Philharmonic Orchestras, and beforehand was a member of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin.

Newly-appointed RSNO Principal Contrabassoon Paolo Dutto: " I am glad, honoured and grateful for being chosen as a new member of the RSNO. For me it's a fantastic dream, to the point where I still can't believe it. In this orchestra I found musicians of the highest level, passionate, refined and happy to play, but, even more important and amazing, I met a family made of truly unique people, marvellous and enthusiastic friends. I look forward to starting this new adventure!"

Newly-appointed RSNO Second Violin Robin Wilson: "I am thrilled to join the second violin section of the RSNO. I have had the pleasure of working with both RSNO Music Director Thomas Søndergård and Principal Guest Conductor Elim Chan during my time with the team and can't wait to continue to make music with my new colleagues."

These are the third and fourth appointments to the orchestra since Thomas Søndergård was appointed to the position of RSNO Music Director last year, Jason Lewis as Associate Principal Trumpet and Martin Murphy as Assistant Principal Horn.

The RSNO departs for the USA this Friday for its second US tour in as many years, six concerts across California and Arizona with Music Director Thomas Søndergård, pianist Olga Kern and solo violinist Sandy Cameron.

The Orchestra will perform programmes including Sibelius’ Symphony No7, Prokofiev’s Symphony No5, Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with soloist Olga Kern, Danny Elfman’s Violin Concerto Eleven Eleven with soloist Sandy Cameron, and the US premiere of Paul Chihara’s A Matter of Honor, an RSNO commission that received its world premiere in Edinburgh last Friday.

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