Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra names new music director June 21, 2012 5:29PM
Updated: June 22, 2012 2:09AM
David Danzmayr has been named music director of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and will lead the orchestra’s upcoming 35th concert season.
Maestro Danzmayr, guest conductor for several leading European orchestras, will become the first new music director of the IPO in more than 25 years.
The 32-year-old Austrian succeeds Carmon DeLeone, who retired at the end of the 2010-11 season and is now conductor laureate for the IPO, which is based in Park Forest.
The selection of Danzmayr, who will assume his role at the IPO’s opening concert on Nov. 10, culminates an extensive international search that began in 2010.
One of seven finalists, Danzmayr conducted the IPO in January in an all-Felix Mendelssohn subscription program.
“I am tremendously excited to be the new music director for the wonderful Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra,” Danzmayr said.
“The concert we had together in January was a big success. I liked the professional and friendly atmosphere in the rehearsals, as well as the enthusiastic and energetic performance.
“This orchestra plays on a very high level. I am looking forward to the coming season as we will have a lot of interesting and inspiring repertoire for our audiences.
“We will enjoy many special moments of making music together.”
Danzmayr has worked as a guest conductor with leading orchestras including the City of Birmingham (England) Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, the Haydn Orchester, and the Sinfonieorchester Basel.
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