Oregon Symphony taps David Danzmayr as next music director

Posted on: February 10, 2021

“The Oregon Symphony announced Tuesday that Austrian-born conductor David Danzmayr will serve as its next music director,” writes Lizzy Acker in Tuesday’s (2/9) Oregonian (Portland). “Danzmayr will begin his tenure at the Oregon Symphony with the 2021-2022 season, which will be announced in March. Danzmayr has conducted orchestras … in places like Germany and Scotland and recently, he served as Chief Conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director of [Ohio’s] ProMusica Chamber Orchestra…. It will be the [Oregon] symphony’s 125th anniversary year and Danzmayr will be the first new director in 18 years, replacing Carlos Kalmar. The 2020-2021 season was supposed to be a big send-off for the popular director… That season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. But, said president and CEO Scott Showalter, ‘The Oregon Symphony will celebrate Carlos as our Honorary Chair this April 17th at the 2021 Gala, which will be live-streamed…. Also, Carlos will return to Schnitzer Hall next season as Oregon Symphony Conductor Laureate.’ ” In a press release, Showalter said Danzmayr’s inaugural season “reflects his desire to embrace wide-ranging cultures while inspiring and challenging audiences, and is sure to open another rich chapter in Oregon Symphony history.”