The ISO has appointed Alexander Kerr to the newly created position of principal guest concertmaster. Last month the orchestra hired Zachary De Pue as its new concertmaster, but he cannot play in all of the ISO's Classical Series concerts due to his obligations as a chamber musician. Kerr will fill in on weeks when De Pue is away.
Simon Crookall, president and CEO of the orchestra, supports such extracurricular pursuits, telling The Indianapolis Star that the concertmasters he seeks are of an "extremely high caliber" and so naturally have careers as soloists and chamber musicians.
De Pue, formerly with the Philadelphia Orchestra, is a co-founder of Time for Three, a crossover string band; he also frequently plays chamber music with his three brothers, all of whom are professional string players.
Kerr has been the concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and the Charleston and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras in the U.S. He was appointed an endowed professorship at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music last year, becoming the youngest violin professor in its string department.