Valery Gergiev will take over as chief conductor of the prestigious Munich Philharmonic from 2015

reported by AP and Norman LeBrecht;

 

FRANKFURT, Jan 23, 2013 (AFP) – Charismatic Russian maestro Valery

Gergiev will take over as chief conductor of the prestigious Munich
Philharmonic from 2015, Munich’s municipal authorities announced on
Wednesday.
Gergiev, 59, will replace Lorin Maazel as the orchestra’s chief when
Maazel’s contract expires in 2015, the city council said in a
statement.
The Moscow-born maestro, currently chief conductor of the London
Symphony Orchestra and long-term director of the legendary Mariinsky
Theatre in St. Petersburg, will initially be appointed for a term of
five years until 2020.
“Valery Gergiev is without doubt one of the most important,
influential and inspirational conductors of our time,” said Munich’s
cultural minister Hans-Georg Kueppers.
“His youthful energy and enthusiasm will not only benefit the
orchestra. His ability and charisma will also shape audiences of all
different age groups and Munich’s musical life,” Kueppers said.
The appointment, voted through by a majority by Munich’s city council
on Wednesday, had been decided in consultation with orchestra, which
is one Germany’s top ensembles, he added.

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