Remmereit named Rochester Philharmonic music director

Posted on: September 16, 2010

Thursday’s (9/16) Daily News (Rochester, New York) reports, “The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has selected Norwegian-born conductor Arild Remmereit as its 11th music director. Remmereit will take over for outgoing conductor Christopher Seaman in September 2011, RPO officials announced this morning. The new conductor, who currently lives in Vienna, Austria, has signed a four-year contract with the Rochester orchestra. He and his wife, Honami, plan to make Rochester their home. … [President and CEO Charles] Owens said the search committee was dazzled by Remmereit’s ‘energy, passion and visionary ideas on the role a symphony orchestra can play in contemporary society.’ … Stefan Reuss, principal cellist of the RPO and co-chairman of the search committee, called Remmereit an exciting new face on the American conducting scene. ‘He will bring a new level of vitality and energy to Rochester and the RPO,’ Reuss said. During a five-month period in 2005, Remmereit made five dramatic debuts with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, Milan’s Filarmonica della Scala, the Munich Philharmonic, and the Vienna Symphony … Remmereit takes the podium for 11 weeks in September 2011, succeeding Christopher Seaman who held the position for 13 seasons.”

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Posted September 16, 2010