Austrian conductor to lead ProMusica (David Danzmayr)

Austrian conductor to lead ProMusica

By  Michael GrossbergThe Columbus Dispatch Sunday June 3, 2012 5:31 AM

A renowned Austrian conductor will take over the musical leadership of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra — as only the second person to assume the position in the 34-year history of the group.

David Danzmayr will become music director at the start of the 2013-14 season. He will replace retiring co-founder Timothy Russell, who has had the job since 1978.

Beginning next season, the orchestra will also add a position — that of creative partner and principal guest artist — for internationally renowned violinist Vadim Gluzman.

“I feel confident that the company is in good hands with such dynamic, energized and exceedingly talented musicians,” Russell said. “Danzmayr and Gluzman will bring new musical, cultural and social perspectives to what’s always been a very innovative organization. . . . ProMusica has been a large part of my life for two-thirds of my life, but everything has its time, and I’m feeling very comfortable with the transition.”

Danzmayr served for three years as assistant conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

The native of Salzburg has been a sought-after guest conductor for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Britain, Haydn Orchester Bozen in Italy, Mozarteum Orchester in Salzburg, Sinfonieorchester Basel in Switzerland and other internationally renowned orchestras.

“ProMusica is a very good orchestra with enormous potential,” Danzmayr, 32, said from Edinburgh, Scotland, where he was rehearsing as a guest conductor with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

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