Oundjian to lead Toronto Symphony through 2017-18, then may move on

Posted on: February 11, 2016

“Peter Oundjian is looking forward to two more seasons at the helm of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, but will probably be on his way after 2017-18,” writes Arthur Kaptainis in Friday’s (2/5) National Post (Canada).  “ ‘You want to keep it fresh,’ the Toronto-born, British-raised maestro said in Roy Thomson Hall Wednesday evening after the official unveiling of the 2016-17 TSO schedule. ‘You don’t want to stay forever.’ TSO music director since 2004, Oundjian said he hopes to be named to an emeritus position on his departure. ‘It’s a 60-year contract,’ Jeff Melanson, the orchestra’s president and CEO, quipped at a post-announcement press scrimmage. Oundjian is principal conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Yale Philharmonia. He turned 60 in December.” Kaptainis writes speculatively as to who might succeed Oundjian as music director, discussing “several potential successors.” 

Posted February 11, 2016