Ashkenazy to stay with Sydney Symphony

Posted on: May 10, 2011

A report in Monday’s (5/9) Australian (Sydney) states, “World-renowned conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy will extend his contract as principal conductor and artistic adviser with the Sydney Symphony until the end of 2013. Mr Ashkenazy was initially appointed for four years from 2009 until 2012 and Sydney Symphony chairman John Conde said the organisation was ‘deeply honoured’ to welcome him for an additional year. The announcement was made on Monday at the Sydney Opera House as part of the unveiling of a portrait of Mr Ashkenazy by Australian artist Ralph Heimans. The portrait took three months to complete and is on loan to the Opera House during Mr Ashkenazy’s 2011 season. ‘I wanted the portrait to reveal Mr Ashkenazy’s warmth and humility as well as an emotional depth that explores a lifetime dedicated to music,’ said Mr Heimans in a statement.”

Posted May 10, 2011