Belfast’s Ulster Orchestra names Daniele Rustioni next principal conductor

Posted on: January 28, 2019

“The Ulster Orchestra has appointed the renowned young Italian Daniele Rustioni as its new principal conductor,” effective September 2019, writes Alf McCreary in Friday’s (1/25) Belfast Telegraph (Northern Ireland). “He will succeed current music director Rafael Payare, who leaves later this year to take up a position with the San Diego Symphony. The official announcement is scheduled for … the closing business session of the Association of British Orchestras annual conference at the Belfast Waterfront. Rustioni  … is currently principal conductor of Opera National de Lyon, and since 2014 has been principal conductor of the Orchestra della Toscana. The 35-year-old has been guest conductor of the Ulster Orchestra on a number of occasions. He conducted a concert in the Ulster Hall last November, during which the soloist was his wife Francesca Dego, a highly-acclaimed violinist.” Richard Wigley, managing director of the Ulster Orchestra, said Rustioni “has all the musicianship and talent necessary to lead the Ulster Orchestra to build on and continue the outstanding trajectory begun with Rafael Payare five years ago. His new partnership with the Ulster Orchestra could not have come at a better time for our burgeoning audiences.”

Posted January 28, 2019