Nathalie Stutzmann appointed music director of Atlanta Symphony

Posted on: October 13, 2021

Nathalie Stutzmann photo by Brice Toul

“In a historic move, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has named French-born Nathalie Stutzmann as the fifth music director in the orchestra’s history,” states an unsigned article on Thursday’s (10/13) “Stutzmann, 56, will take the podium from Robert Spano, who led the ASO for 20 years before stepping down at the end of the past season. She will have an initial term of four years…. Stutzmann will conduct the ASO tonight and tomorrow in a program that features a recent work by Missy Mazzoli and Tchaikovsky’s epic Fifth Symphony…. Because of the pandemic, these shows will be her first with the ASO before a live audience; the two concerts she conducted last season were streamed. She currently holds positions as principal guest conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra and as chief conductor of Norway’s Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra…. Stutzmann, who also plays piano and bassoon, is one of the world’s great contralto opera and concert singers…. She founded the chamber orchestra Orfeo 55 [and] became principal guest conductor of the … national orchestra of Ireland…. ‘It is also very important for us to connect with the Atlanta community, sharing our infectious love of music,’ Stutzmann said.”