Eddins to step down as Edmonton Symphony music director after 2016-17

Posted on: September 26, 2016

“The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra is kicking off its 65th year on a sad note: Bill Eddins will end his run as music director after the 2016-17 season,” writes Sandra Sperounes in Friday’s (9/23) Edmonton Journal (Alberta, Canada). ‘It was time,’ he said, as he sat on a table in one of the Winspear Centre’s backstage hallways … ‘It was time for change and it was time to create new and interesting things.’ Eddins, who lives in Minneapolis, Minn. and spends about 14 weeks of the year in Edmonton, joined the ESO in 2005.” ESO Executive Director Annemarie Petrov “praised his artistic vision. ‘Bill’s a renaissance man,’ she said.” Regarding a search for a new music director, Petrov stated, “We don’t have anything to announce today.” Eddins “will serve as the ESO’s music director emeritus to help with the Winspear Completion Project, which involves the construction of a second building to house a 540-seat acoustic hall, studios, and programming space for the Tommy Banks Institute for Musical Creativity.… The conductor and pianist, who will turn 52 in December, also wants to work on some of his own, unspecified projects, and spend time with his wife, two sons, and other musicians.”  

Posted September 26, 2016