Saturday, April 20, 2024

Even More Music Director Updates

The latest news:
  • Kedrick Armstrong succeeds the late Michael Morgan as music director of the Oakland Symphony. He has a particular interest in women composers. He remembers himself as a "queer Black kid." (Morgan would have said something similar.) Read all about Kedrick Armstrong:
  • James Conlon will step down from the LA Opera at the end of the 2025-26 season, which will be his 20th as music director there. I hope he gets a well-funded final season. If it were all Recovered Voices, I'd be happy.
  • Jonathan Nott steps down from the Tokyo Symphony in March, 2026, when his twelve-year contract expires. From the slightly ambiguous press release: "The Orchestra feel though that by the time they have reached the end of the 12th season of their collaboration they will be ready for the next chapter in their long history and are excited by the prospect of a new challenge with a new music director."

Open positions:

  • Tokyo Symphony, in March 2026
  • LA. Opera, at the end of 2025-26
  • San Francisco Symphony
  • Phoenix Symphony
  • Cleveland Orchestra, as of June, 2027.
  • Lahti Symphony, when Dalia Stasevka leaves.
  • Antwerp Symphony, with the departure in 2025 of Elim Chan.
  • Paris Opera is currently without a music director.
  • Nashville Symphony, when Giancarlo Guerrero leaves.
  • Deutsche Oper Berlin, when Donald Runnicles leaves.
  • Rottedam Philharmonic, when Lahav Shani leaves.
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic, as of 2026-27, when Gustavo Dudamel leaves for NY.
  • Sarasota Orchestra, following the death of Bramwell Tovey.
  • Seattle Symphony, following Thomas Dausgaard's abrupt departure in January, 2022.
  • Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra: open in 2024 when Louis Langree steps down.
  • Hong Kong Philharmonic, when Jaap van Zweden leaves in 2024.
  • Teatro Regio Turin: Open now with departure of Gianandrea Noseda. The Teatro Regio has not named a new music director.
  • Marin Symphony, at the end of 2022-23.
  • Vienna Staatsoper, when Philippe Jordan leaves at the end of 2025.
Conductors looking for jobs (that is, as of the near future, or now, they do not have a posting). The big mystery, to me, is why an orchestra hasn't snapped up Susanna Mälkki. Slightly lesser mystery: Henrik Nanasi, whose superb Cosi fan tutte is still lingering in my ears.
  • Esa-Pekka Salonen, if he wants such a position again
  • James Conlon, if he wants such a position again.
  • Jonathan Nott
  • Dalia Stasevska
  • Elim Chan
  • Kirill Karabits
  • Tito Muñoz 
  • Andrey Boreyko
  • Osmo Vänskä
  • Susanna Mälkki, who left the Helsinki Philharmonic at the end of 2022-23.
  • MGT (apparently does not want a full-time job, as of early 2022)
  • Miguel Harth-Bedoya (seems settled in at Baylor)
  • Sian Edwards
  • Ingo Metzmacher
  • Jac van Steen
  • Ilan Volkov
  • Aleksandr Markovic
  • Lothar Koenigs
  • Henrik Nanasi
  • Philippe Jordan, eventually
  • Franz Welser-Möst, if he wants such a job
And closed:

  • Oakland Symphony, where Kedrick Armstrong succeeds the late Michael Morgan.
  • Minnesota Opera: closed with the appointment of Christopher Franklin.
  • The Chicago Symphony Orchestra gets to share Klaus Mäkelä with the Concertgebouw.
  • The Hallé Orchestra's next conductor will be Kahchun Wong.
  • Marin Alsop becomes principal guest conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, I believe succeeding Nathalie Stutzmann.
  • Simon Rattle becomes principal guest conductor of the Czech Philharonic.
  • John Storgards will becomes chief conductor of the Turku Philharmonic.
  • Update and correction: San Francisco Chamber Orchestra was unable to hire Cosette Justo Valdés. Instead, Jory Fankuchen, a violinist in the orchestra, has been named Principal Conductor and will lead this season's programs.
  • Indianapolis Symphony hires Jun Markel, effective September 1, 2024.
  • Andris Nelsons renewed his contract with the Boston Symphony. He's now on an evergreen rolling contract, which will continue as long as he and the orchestra are happy with each other. MTT had one of these at SFS.
  • Shanghai Symphony, with the appointment of Long Yu.
  • Virginia Symphony, with the appointment of Eric Jacobsen.
  • Warsaw Philharmonic, with the appointment of Krzysztof Urbański.
  • Bern Symphony, with the appointment of Krzysztof Urbański.
  • Berlin State Opera, with the appointment of Christian Thielemann.
  • Dresden Philharmonic, with the appointment of Donald Runnicles.
  • New York Philharmonic, with the appointment of Gustavo Dudamel. Note that Jaap van Zweden leaves in 2024 and there will be a two-season gap before Dudamel arrives.
  • Helsinki Philharmonic: Jukka-Pekka Saraste to succeed Susanna Mälkki.
  • Staatskapelle Dresden, with the appointment of Daniele Gatti.
  • Seoul Philharmonic appoints Jaap van Zweden.
  • Royal Opera appoints Jakub Hrůša to succeed Antonio Pappano in September, 2025.


Geo. said...

With the Tokyo Symphony / Jonathan Nott situation, in the verbiage of the press release, it might be worth remembering that with respect to the Tokyo SO management, "their English is Japanese", in a manner of speaking. (That line is adapted from a quip that Marie Daulne of Zap Mama used many years ago in one of her shows that I was fortunate to see: "My English is French.") Even if the phrasing sounds odd, 12 years is quite a while these days for an orchestra-conductor relationship, so both sides may well have agreed that it's time for a change. I'm willing to take it as simply that, in that instance.

Other 'orchestras seeking conductors' to add to your list:
* Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Edward Gardner leaves at the end of this season)
* Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (Robin Ticciati leaves next year)
* English National Opera
* Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (Santtu-Matias Rouvali leaves next year)
* Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Dutch National Opera (Lorenzo Viotti leaves next year)
* Oslo Philharmonic (Klaus Makela moves on in 2027)
* Orchestre de Paris (as above)
* Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Daniel Harding leaves next year)
* Ulster Orchestra (Daniele Rustioni leaves at the end of this season)
* Utah Symphony

For your under-employed conductors list:
* Marc Albrecht
* Markus Stenz

Lisa Hirsch said...

Also just announced: Dalia Stasevska got a one-year extension at Lahti.