Elisa Citterio to be next Tafelmusik music director

Posted on: February 1, 2017

“Andy Kenins remembers the first time he ever talked to Elisa Citterio, whose appointment as music director of Toronto’s famed Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra was announced on Thursday,” writes Robert Harris in Saturday’s (1/28) Globe and Mail (Canada). “It was the spring of 2015, and Kenins was head of the search committee that was two years in to the process of replacing Jeanne Lamon, who had retired as music director in 2014…. Says Kenins, ‘Even though her English wasn’t perfect, it was amazing how well [the Italian violinist] was able to express herself. Her interest and enthusiasm really stood out.’ … Almost 18 months later, after Citterio’s first November, 2015, concert and a second one she led this past September, Kenins was able to phone her again in October to offer her the job…. Tafelmusik is high on Citterio as they hand over to her one of the finest period orchestras in the world, lovingly crafted into a tight, passionate ensemble by Lamon in her 33 years as music director.” Says Lamon, “She’s what I call a Tafelmusik person…. She’s wise, she’s warm, she’s collaborative, she’s smart, she works hard. She’s going to fit in perfectly.”

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