With formal approval granted by the Foundation’s Council, it is now official: Jonathan Nott, Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra – Bavarian State Philharmonic since 1 January 2000, is extending his contract until the end of the 2011-12 season.
As Intendant Wolfgang Fink said on Monday at a press conference in Bamberg, everyone involved is delighted that this partnership, hailed as a success both at home and abroad, will continue for three more seasons. "The exceptional artistic standards attained by the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra under Jonathan Nott over the past nine years have created a unique situation within the German orchestral landscape today."
Just before the Orchestra leaves for its twelfth tour of Japan at the end of this week, and days after Bamberg’s concert hall reopened following its extensive renovation and redesign, Jonathan Nott and Wolfgang Fink previewed the artistic projects planned for the forthcoming years, especially the Mahler cycle, to be performed during the Mahler years 2010 and 2011, and associated CDs, to be released in co-production with Bavarian Radio and Swiss label Tudor. Since its release in July, the latest disc, Mahler’s Symphony No.9, has garnered an array of spectacular reviews in the press and was promptly awarded the International Toblach Composing Hut Record Prize for 2009.
It has also been announced that Robin Ticciati is to be the Orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor for three years, starting with the 2010-11 season. Born in 1983, Ticciati is very well known to the Orchestra: since their first recording together for Bavarian Radio in 2005, he has regularly conducted the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. In the words of Intendant Wolfgang Fink: "Within a very short time Robin Ticciati has grown into one of the most interesting of young conductors. He clearly has a special affinity for the Orchestra which is fully reciprocated. It was high time to put this relationship on an official footing and so lay the foundations of a developing and highly promising artistic partnership." The partnership’s first CD, of works by Brahms for choir und orchestra, was recorded last spring with the Bavarian Radio Choir and will be released, again by Tudor, in spring 2010.
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