Handicapping Seattle Symphony’s music director search

Posted on: April 14, 2009

Writing about the Seattle Symphony’s search for music director Gerard Schwarz’s replacement in Sunday’s (4/12) Seattle Times, Barnard Jacobsen praises the orchestra’s quiet discretion before stating, “I, however, not being part of the search, feel I may claim the privilege of exploring the field for the benefit of Seattle Times readers.” The five conductors Jacobsen would most like to see in the post are Lawrence Renes, Yakov Kreizberg, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Asher Fisch, and JoAnn Falletta, who “wowed both public and critics here a few weeks ago with a stunning performance of Ravel’s ‘La Valse’; she heads both the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Virginia Symphony but might be attracted by the Seattle post. … Hungarian Iván Fischer, one of the authentically great conductors of our time, and German Ingo Metzmacher, a fine musician noted for his dedication to contemporary music, would both be on my ‘Core’ list if it were not that Fischer has not yet worked with the orchestra and Metzmacher apparently met with some friction when he did, though the concert I heard him conduct here was excellent.” Jacobsen also lists Vassily Sinaisky, Stéphane Denève, and Carlos Kalmar—all of whom have worked with the orchestra—as possibilities.

Posted April 14, 2009

Photos: Gerard Schwarz
Credit (thumb): Jeff Corwin