under investigation by the orchestra for sexual misconduct. On Sunday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer published allegations by two more violinists, Emilia Mettenbrink and Raffaela Kalmar, who both allege sexual misconduct by Preucil in the early 2000's.More allegations have surfaced against Cleveland Orchestra concertmaster William Preucil, who is currently
The Cleveland Orchestra's investigation was called in August, following the publication in late July of a Washington Post article that describes a 1998 incident involving violinist Zeneba Bowers, who was in her mid-20s and a member of the New World Symphony at the time of the alleged incident. The article focused on sexual harassment, misconduct and assault in the classical music world.
Days after the publication of that article, Preucil was suspended from the Cleveland Orchestra, then resigned from his position as Distinguished Professor of Violin at the Cleveland Institute a day later.
The latest allegations also involve incidents in the early 2000s. In the Plain Dealer article (click here to read it), Mettenbrink describes a 2005 incident in Miami, when she was 26 and playing in the New World Symphony and Preucil was giving master classes and private lessons. Kalmar describes a 2003 private lesson incident, when she was a 19-year-old freshman at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Allegations of misconduct by Preucil also were outlined more than a decade ago in a 2007 piece called 'Sour Notes' in the Cleveland Scene, which alleges both sexual misconduct and nepotism by Preucil.
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