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Andrew Lowy is North Carolina Symphony’s New Principal Clarinet

When the North Carolina Symphony’s 2010-11 season opens next September, a new musician will sit in the principal clarinet chair for the first time in 41 years. Andrew Lowy replaces Jimmy Gilmore, who joined the orchestra as Principal Clarinet in 1969 and served under four of the orchestra’s five Music Directors. Gilmore is retiring at the end of the current season.

Upon his retirement, Gilmore will join the administrative staff as Senior Advisor and work with President and CEO David Chambless Worters on educational outreach programs, lobbying and advocacy, documenting institutional history, writing, speaking and serving as goodwill ambassador on behalf of the Symphony.

“After 41 fabulous seasons as Principal Clarinet,” says Gilmore, “I am happy to be accepting this new position as Senior Advisor to the orchestra. I look forward to exploring new ways to help insure the orchestra’s success.”

“In Andrew Lowy, we have found a worthy successor to Jimmy,” says Music Director Grant Llewellyn. “Andrew is immensely talented, and will bring an incredible range of expressivity and beautiful colors to our woodwind section. This appointment keeps us firmly on our path of presenting great music performed by gifted and dedicated players.”

Lowy, who won his position from a field of 109 candidates, completed his Bachelor’s degree at Harvard College, where he studied music and linguistics. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Southern California.

Originally from Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., Lowy attended the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division and has performed as a soloist with the Queens Symphony Orchestra and the Yonkers Philharmonic. Further orchestral experience includes appearances with the New World Symphony and summer fellowships at the Tanglewood Music Center and Music Academy of the West,

He has been a student of Yehuda Gilad, Larry Guy and Tom Martin.

“We’re pleased to welcome Andrew to our orchestra; he will join an organization with a long and important history” says Worters. “We look forward to hearing him join forces with his new colleagues. With Jimmy’s remarkable 41 years of service, Andrew has some pretty large shoes to fill but we feel like we’ve found just the player to do that.”

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