Principal Trombonist with Cleveland Orchestra Suspended After Allegations of Sexual Misconduct


  • Massimo La Rosa's Official Headshot

Less than two months after allegations of sexual misconduct against Cleveland Orchestra's concertmaster William Preucil were given national spotlight, a continuing investigation by an outside law firm has resulted in the suspension of its principal trombone player, Massimo La Rosa.

La Rosa has been with the Cleveland Orchestra since 2007, and has presented recitals and masterclasses at major conservatories all over the world. La Rosa, like Preucil, also serves as a faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM). Paul W. Hogle, President of CIM, released a statement on La Rosa's suspension that read in part:
The Cleveland Institute of Music is learning of The Cleveland Orchestra’s suspension of Massimo La Rosa at the same time as the public. We are not in a position to speculate about what led to their decision.

CIM has a well-defined policy regarding sexual harassment ... and reporting ... and our Title IX officer and designated reporters thoroughly investigate any claims related to sexual discrimination and harassment.
According to a 2013 article in Inside Higher Ed, a report was filed against La Rosa with police at the University of Iowa in 2011. The victim claimed La Rosa groped her during a private lesson that he initiated, but the victim decided not to pursue criminal charges.

In December, The Plain Dealer reported that La Rosa filed a lawsuit accusing two people of defamation for alleging that he “had committed and was criminally culpable for multiple sexual assaults on numerous college campuses [where La Rosa] had been invited to serve as a guest instructor.” January court documents would reveal he was seeking upwards of $100,000 in damages against trombonists Jonathan Allen and Abbie Conant. The case was dismissed this past May.

The orchestra did not specify whether the current suspension was related to the same or similar allegations. An orchestra spokesman declined to elaborate on La Rosa’s suspension, instead citing the continuing investigation.

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