It's official. Nitzan Haroz, the Philadelphia Orchestra's principal trombonist, has taken the same position with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Here's his statement:
"I have accepted the position of principal trombone of the LA Philharmonic and will start in August of 2012. I feel fortunate that the Philadelphia Orchestra is granting me a year's leave of absence as I move through the tenure process in LA. This is for me the best and most prudent way to approach the opportunity with the LA Philharmonic."
The Israeli-born Haroz, who joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1995, played at the highest levels during his tenure, and has been a solidifying force in the brass section. He has been an active teacher at the Curtis Institute of Music and Temple University. Internally, his reputation is that of a supportive colleague. I think it's safe to say many listeners have followed his work closely, and will consider this a great loss.