Concertmaster chair, two conducting posts to open up at Buffalo Philharmonic

Posted on: April 4, 2014

In Thursday’s (4/3) Buffalo News, Mary Kunz Goldman reports that the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra “is scouting talent for three important, high-profile jobs.” Concertmaster Michael Ludwig “is leaving to pursue a solo career…. Recently, it was announced that Matthew Kraemer, the associate conductor, was leaving. Besides filling that position, the orchestra … will also be seeking a pops conductor. The job of pops conductor has been vacant since it was held by the late Marvin Hamlisch. Kraemer recently had been doing both jobs.” BPO Executive Director Dan Hart and Music Director JoAnn Falletta “said they have heard from 250 qualified candidates for the job of associate conductor. Ten of them will be auditioning privately with the orchestra over the coming months. The search for the pops conductor is more informal. A number of conductors have been invited to appear as guest conductors at Kleinhans [Hall] over the next year or so.” Falletta and Ludwig “have performed together many times as conductor and soloist, not just here in Buffalo but with other orchestras.… Their collaborations will continue, as will Ludwig’s friendship with Buffalo. Next season, he will be returning to the BPO as soloist in the Sibelius Violin Concerto.”

Posted April 4, 2014