Does Urbanski’s appointment signify a trend?

Posted on: October 21, 2010

In Wednesday’s (10/20) Indianapolis Star, Jay Harvey writes, “Krzysztof Urbanski’s appointment as Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra music director at age 28 is remarkable but doesn’t indicate a trend among American orchestras. Recently, the high-profile appointments of Christoph Eschenbach, 70 (National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C.), and Riccardo Muti, 69 (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), have reconfirmed the appeal of established maestros, said John Bence of the League of American Orchestras. The most recent hoopla surrounding the hiring of a young music director was the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s appointment of Gustavo Dudamel in 2009, when the Venezuelan was 28. Relatively young recent appointments, Bence noted, include two conductors who have guested here: 36-year-old Ludovic Morlot will become music director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in 2011, and Yannick Nezet-Seguin, 35, [recently appointed as music director of] the Philadelphia Orchestra.”

Posted October 21, 2010