Christoph Eschenbach to become principal conductor of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin from the 2019/20 season
The world-renowned conductor Christoph Eschenbach will succeed Iván Fischer at the head of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. He will assume the position of principal conductor of the capital orchestra for three years from the 2019/20 season. The orchestra’s quality and programme will be influenced by Iván Fischer as honorary conductor and Juraj Valčuha as first guest conductor.

“I sensed a pioneering spirit and a high level of commitment in every single musician of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, and this immediately inspired me. In this wonderful concert hall in the heart of Berlin, the orchestra works closely together with the management team around Sebastian Nordmann to advance the ambitious visions of a 21st century orchestra. As principal conductor of the Konzerthausorchester, I am thrilled that I will be able to help shape this path and become part of Berlin’s vibrant cultural life,” Christoph Eschenbach said in explaining his decision. “I am very happy that I will be assisted by Iván Fischer as the orchestra’s honorary conductor and Juraj Valčuha as its first guest conductor.”

Dr. Klaus Lederer, Senator for Culture and Europe: “I am delighted that both the Konzerthausorchester and Berlin as a music metropolis could gain a conductor with such an outstanding international reputation as Christoph Eschenbach. He will help raise the profile of the Konzerthaus as a venue with an exciting and original classical music repertoire with interpretations of contemporary compositions, and make them accessible to broader sections of the population.”

“Christoph Eschenbach is not only a wonderful interpreter of our symphonic core repertoire, his programmes also showcase his enthusiasm for the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. As an open and innovative concert hall, his creative drive fits in with our programme. I am very happy – both musically and personally – to be able to plan and celebrate the 200th anniversary of our concert hall in 2021 with Christoph Eschenbach. The Konzerthausorchester will benefit immensely from his longstanding experience with top international orchestras and will continue to develop artistically,” said Konzerthaus Director Sebastian Nordmann.

“A very special kind of joint musical sensibility could be felt from the very first rehearsal between Christoph Eschenbach and the Konzerthausorchester. The collaboration in 2015 impressed us so much that he immediately became our preferred candidate to succeed Iván Fischer. We are very happy to have gained a principal conductor of such world renown,” emphasised Ulrike Petersen of the Orchestral Board.

The collaboration will begin with the 2019/20 season. Subject to the approval of the Personnel Committee and the Berlin Senate, the contract will be concluded for a term of three years.
This season, Eschenbach will be performing with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin from 22 to 24 June 2018 and will also conduct the Orchestre de Paris, London Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Bamberger Symphony and NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo.
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