Seattle Symphony Welcomes Three New Musicians

Appointments for the 2018–2019 season include Concertmaster Noah Geller, Principal Timpani James Benoit and Viola Daniel Stone

By Andrew Stiefel

With the Seattle Symphony’s Opening Night Concert & Gala approaching on September 15, we’re delighted to announce the new musicians joining the orchestra this fall!

Music Director Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony will welcome three musicians to the orchestra at the start of the 2018–2019 season: David & Amy Fulton Concertmaster Noah Geller, Principal Timpani James Benoit and Section Viola Daniel Stone.

Please join us in in welcoming these musicians to the Seattle Symphony! Learn more about them below and look for them in the orchestra this month.

Noah Geller, David & Amy Fulton Concertmaster
Noah Geller

Noah Geller

Noah Geller comes to the Seattle Symphony from the Kansas City Symphony where he was Concertmaster. He previously held posts in The Philadelphia Orchestra as a first violin section member and later as Acting Assistant Concertmaster.

He has performed with chamber music festivals around the country, including the Marlboro Music Festival, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Center, and here in Washington at the Olympic Music Festival in Port Townsend.

Read our interview with Noah to learn more about him!

James Benoit, Principal Timpani
James Benoit

James Benoit

Prior to joining the Seattle Symphony, James Benoit was the Associate Principal Percussionist and Assistant Principal Timpanist of the Fort Worth Symphony. He has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Malaysian Philharmonic, Sarasota Orchestra, New World Symphony and West Virginia Symphony and has been on faculty at the University of Pittsburgh and the Luzerne Music Center.

When did you know that you wanted to be a professional musician?

I realized I wanted to be a professional musician in eighth or ninth grade. I was studying with two percussionists in upstate New York and had the opportunity to join a fantastic youth orchestra program, the Empire State Youth Orchestra. Being surrounded by such inspiring teachers and peers pushed me to pursue music as far as I could.

What do you love most about playing with an orchestra?

Collaborating with colleagues, particularly during concerts, is what I love most. Even though we spend a lot of time rehearsing, each performance is slightly different and causes all the musicians on stage to react together in unplanned ways. This creates a special energy and excitement that is unique to live orchestral performance.

Daniel Stone, Viola
Daniel Stone

Daniel Stone

Daniel Stone comes to the Seattle Symphony from the Calgary Philharmonic. Prior to performing in Calgary, he studied with Ettore Causa at the Yale School of Music. An active chamber musician, he has also performed at summer festivals, including Aspen, Norfolk, Sarasota and Tanglewood.

Outside music, what are you most looking forward to doing in Seattle?

I got pretty into hiking in the mountains while I was in Calgary, and I'm looking forward to continuing to do that in the Cascades. I'm also looking forward to trying out some activities on the water around Seattle.

What do you love most about playing with an orchestra?

Orchestral writing is often very dense because there are so many different instruments, and that means there's always something new to discover in the work, even in familiar pieces. I also love the feeling of the bass drum and timpani rattling the stage during loud moments!

Thank You!

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Posted on September 4, 2018