Frühbeck de Burgos retires, citing health concerns

Posted on: June 5, 2014

“Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, a noted Spanish conductor and a frequent guest on the podium of the Boston Symphony Orchestra among many other ensembles, has announced that he is fighting cancer and will be ceasing all conducting activities,” writes Jeremy Eichler in Thursday’s (6/5) Boston Globe. “Frühbeck de Burgos, 80 … held the position of chief conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and enjoyed close relationships with many of the major American orchestras. With the BSO, he had been scheduled to appear both at Tanglewood this summer, and next season in Symphony Hall, where he has been a regular guest since 2000. ‘At a certain point life is about relationships, and we really developed a special relationship with him,’ said Mark Volpe, managing director of the BSO…. ‘I can’t tell you how many times Rafael changed plans or did whatever he could to make himself available. So he was not just an artistic figure here, but a real friend of the orchestra.’ … In total, between 2000 and his most recent performance with the BSO this past fall, Frühbeck de Burgos led the orchestra 133 times.… Replacements for his upcoming performances with the orchestra have not yet been announced.”

Posted June 5, 2014