Colombia’s Bogotá Philharmonic selects Joachim Gustafson as music director

Posted on: June 21, 2021

“Swedish conductor Joachim Gustafsson has been named the music director of the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra (OFB),” reads an unsigned article in Thursday’s (6/17) City Paper Bogotá (Colombia). “The appointment of the Scandinavian violinist was confirmed after a secret ballot by more than 100 musicians, and based on a 10-candidate short-list presented by the orchestra’s management. Gustafsson begins his tenure at OFB as of July 1. Gustafsson has been a regular guest conductor of the OFB since 2011, and has helped the development of youth orchestras and teaching young conductors in the Colombian capital…. Gustafsson’s musical repertoire as conductor encompasses the premieres of over 200 new musical works, including the 2014 … opera The Picture of Dorian Gray by Danish composer Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen…. As guest conductor of [Sweden’s] Malmö Symphony, Gustafsson featured the works of Swedish composer Tommie Haglund, Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier and Poulenc’s Dialogues de Carmelites. The music director has also an extensive repertoire conducting the complete Beethoven cycles and Brahms symphonies. The Swedish maestro is also a mentor in DIRIGENT, a conducting program that aims to give female conductors the opportunity to develop their skills with leading orchestras.”