Genualdi steps down as Chicago Chamber Musicians artistic director

Tue Mar 29, 2011 at 12:51 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Joseph Genualdi has served as Chicago Chamber Musicians’ artistic director since 1993.

Joseph Genualdi, artistic director of Chicago Chamber Musicians for the past 17 years, will cede his post to two colleagues at the end of the current music season.

CCM trumpeter Charles Geyer and pianist Meng-Chieh Liu will jointly take over the role with the start of the ensemble’s 25th anniversary season in the fall. Genualdi, CCM’s first violinist, will remain as an artistic member of the ensemble.

In a statement released Monday afternoon, Genualdi indicated that he wanted to step down from his post a year ago to concentrate more on playing and less on administrative duties.

“I have always believed that it is the collaboration of the tremendously talented and intelligent individuals within CCM that make it such a special and powerful organization,” said Genualdi. “I am looking forward to many exciting seasons as a member of the ensemble.”

CCM board president Michael Woolever said, “Much has changed since Joe and the founding artists formed CCM 25 years ago.

“One thing that has not changed, however, is the artistic integrity that is the foundation of CCM’s music making.  For the past 17 years Joe has been the successful guardian of CCM’s artistic integrity.  That is the legacy he is now handing over to the capable hands of Charlie and Meng-Chieh.”

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