Concertmaster, Naoum Blinder Chair
Alexander Barantschik, occupant of the Naoum Blinder Chair, began his first season as Concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony in September 2001. Previously, he was concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Born in Saint Petersburg in 1953, Mr. Barantschik attended the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. After emigrating from Russia in 1979, he served as concertmaster of Germany’s Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Through an arrangement with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Mr. Barantschik has the exclusive use of the 1742 Guarnerius del Gesù violin.