Otto will thus be first in line to substitute for concertmaster William Preucil when he is absent. The 32-year-old German-born violinist won the post last month, according to the Plain Dealer, when the orchestra held auditions for first associate concertmaster and associate concertmaster.
Ellen dePasquale, currently associate concertmaster, will step down at the end of August; she reportedly decided to leave "on principle" after music director Franz Welser-M‹st announced the creation of the first associate concertmaster post, which would supersede hers. No-one has yet been appointed to replace her.
Otto joined the first violin section in St. Louis in 2001 and was promoted to assistant concertmaster in 2005. He holds a bachelor of music degree from the Hochschule f‹r Musik und Theater in Rostock, Germany, and a master of music degree from the Juilliard School.
He has studied violin with Igor Ozim and Christiane Hutcap in Cologne, Lewis Kaplan in New York and Vera Kramarowa in Mannheim and chamber music with Felix Galimir and Samuel Sanders. He has participated in master classes led by Anne-Sophie Mutter and Ruggiero Ricci.