Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra names Eckart Preu music director

Posted on: October 31, 2016

“After a two-year search and nearly 200 applicants, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra has a new leader,” writes Janelle Gelfand in Saturday’s (10/29) Cincinnati Enquirer. “Eckart Preu (rhymes with joy) will be the fifth music director, the orchestra announced on Saturday. Preu will begin a three-year contract this fall and will lead the orchestra’s 2017 Summermusik Festival.” A native of Erfurt, Germany, Preu “is currently music director of the Spokane, Washington, Symphony and the Stamford, Connecticut Symphony. Recently, he added another podium to his titles as the new music director of the Long Beach Symphony in California…Preu succeeds Mischa Santora, who stepped down in 2014.” Of the Cincinnati appointment, Preu said was interested in the “variety of music that he and a 32-piece orchestra could explore together. ‘In many ways, you can do things with a chamber orchestra that you can’t do with the big organization…’ he said. ‘There’s a whole lot of repertoire that you don’t get to do with a big orchestra.’ ” Preu, who “lives in Spokane with his wife and daughters aged 5 and 8, said he is looking forward to moving to Cincinnati for the month of August to lead the [Summermusik] festival.” 

Posted October 31, 2016