Tokyo Symphony appoints new music director

Posted on: October 11, 2012

Wednesday (10/10) on the WQXR blog, Brian Wise writes, “The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra has chosen English conductor Jonathan Nott to be its next music director, beginning in the 2014-15 season. Nott has been chief conductor of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra since 2000, and works as a guest conductor with American and European orchestras. Nott made his debut with the Tokyo Symphony last October and apparently hit it off with the musicians; he was offered the job on the way to the airport. In a statement, the conductor said, ‘it was immediately clear that there was an enormous rapport. The morning after the final performance, actually on the way to Narita airport, I received the invitation to take up the post of music director and I accepted without hesitation.’ … Nott succeeds Hubert Soudant, who has led the TSO since 2004. The orchestra’s only other music director, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, held the music director post from 1965 to 2004. An occasional conductor in New York, Nott’s performance with the Bamberg Symphony in February was praised by the New York Times’s Allan Kozinn.”

Posted October 11, 2012