Marin Alsop has been announced as the next Chief Conductor at the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra from the 1st of September 2019 for an initial period of three years. Alsop will conduct the Orchestra in concerts, opera productions, tours, broadcasts and recordings. She succeeds Cornelius Meister.

Celebrated internationally as an inspiring and influential conductor, Alsop’s innovative programming and commitment to audience development across all ages is driven by her passionately held belief that "music has the power to change lives.”

Radio Director Monika Eigensperger and the Managing Director of the Orchestra Dr Christoph Becher recommended the appointment of Marin Alsop as new Chief Conductor of the Vienna RSO to Director-General Dr Alexander Wrabetz, who formally invited Alsop to accept the position.

Dr Alexander Wrabetz comments: “The ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra grew artistically under the leadership of Cornelius Meister and increased its reputation both nationally and internationally. Therefore, it was important that we find someone who would be able to continue to inspire and challenge us and we are thrilled to have been able to convince Marin Alsop to take up this position. She is an extraordinary conductor, who will further develop the RSO’s high artistic qualities. With her at the helm we’re in an excellent position for the future.”

Monika Eigensperger comments: “I am delighted that our Orchestra will now have its first female Chief Conductor with Marin Alsop. She has been a pioneer for women and has been the first female Chief Conductor at many orchestras, not least her two current orchestras, the Baltimore and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestras. I’ve long admired Marin and I am very much looking forward to her arrival.”

Marin Alsop on her new appointment: “I am very excited about the prospect of collaborating with Vienna RSO. We share the same enthusiasm for expanding the repertoire and for connecting with new audiences. I am deeply moved by the fact that the players instigated my appointment and I can’t wait to start this journey with them, working closely with the Orchestra’s partners in Vienna, across Austria and beyond.”

Alsop and the Vienna RSO collaborated for the first time in 2014 with a concert of works by Leonard Bernstein and Gustav Mahler. Their next project is a recording in autumn 2018 and she begins her first season as Chief Conductor as the Orchestra celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Dr Christoph Becher comments: “After the Orchestra’s musicians performed with Marin in Vienna in 2014 they unanimously put her forward as their new Chief Conductor. I particularly enjoyed our passionate and extensive exchanges on contemporary music and the importance of concerts for children and young people. I am delighted she has chosen Vienna and our outstanding Radio Symphony Orchestra.”

Chief Conductor & Artistic Director Cornelius Meister on his successor: “I wholeheartedly welcome Marin’s appointment. Of course, I will closely consult with her from now on in any future decision-making. The Vienna RSO will benefit extensively from her international experience and I’m hugely looking forward to being an audience member in her performances with the RSO!”

Both Executive and Artistic Directors of the Wiener Musikverein and the Wiener Konzerthaus welcomed Alsop’s appointment.

Matthias Naske, Director of the Wiener Konzerthaus comments: “The Konzerthaus community in Vienna and myself share the view with Marin Alsop that ’Music has the power to change lives’ and her relentless quest for artistic excellence. Congratulations on the Orchestra’s choice and we look forward to welcoming the RSO Vienna with their new Chief Conductor at our hall.”

Dr Thomas Angyan, Director of the Wiener Musikverein comments: “Marin Alsop’s appointment is a huge asset to the Orchestra and to Vienna as a city of music. Marin is familiar to Austrian audiences from her performances at the Musikverein. As Director of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna, I am delighted to welcome Marin Alsop to the Musikverein as the first female conductor to lead the Orchestra that is so dear to Vienna.”

Until the start of her tenure, Marin Alsop holds the title of Chief Conductor Designate.


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