June 22, 2018 / 12:40 PM

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Who Will Succeed the Departing Mariss Jansons at the Royal Concertgebouw?


Mariss Jansons is to leave the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, once dubbed by Gramophone as "the world's best orchestra". It has certainly been a successful tenure (since 2004), the more remarkable for the fact that Jansons concurrently runs another world-class band, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and has indeed recorded some of the same repertoire with both -- and yet each orchestra has kept its sense of unique identity. That takes special players, but it also takes a special conductor. The big question now is who can fill Jansons's shoes?

The orchestra haven't announced a successor, nor even any candidates. Neither does looking at the past seem to help much. They have had only seven chief conductors since 1888 - Willem Kes, Willem Mengelberg, Eduard van Beinum, Eugen Jochum, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly and Jansons...


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