Lorin Maazel appointed Munich Philharmonic music director
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
When Lorin Maazel relinquished his role as the New York Philharmonic’s music director in 2009, retirement might have been on the cards for the 80-year-old. Not so, however, as the Munich Philharmonic has announced his appointment as its chief conductor from the 2012-2013 season.
Maazel succeeds Christian Thielemann, who steps down at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season to take over the Dresden Staatskapelle. The orchestra welcomes him on its website as “one of the world’s best conductors” and a “trusted” cultural leader for the city of Munich, where he was music director of the Bavarian Radio Symphony for nine successful years (1993-2002).
“I consider the music directorship of the Munich Philharmonic to be one of the most prestigious positions today in the world of classical music," said Maazel in a statement on his Facebook page. “The quality of the orchestra is superlative and its remarkable history of collaboration with the finest of interpreters such as Maestro Celibidache represents a challenge I shall attempt to meet.”