Yan Pascal Tortelier named Iceland Symphony Orchestra Chief Conductor

Martin Cullingford Tue 6th October 2015

French conductor will record with the orchestra for Chandos

Yan Pascal Tortelier named Iceland Symphony Orchestra Chief Conductor (photo: IMG Artists)

Yan Pascal Tortelier named Iceland Symphony Orchestra Chief Conductor (photo: IMG Artists)

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra has named Yan Pascal Tortelier as its next Chief Conductor, beginning in September 2016. 

Tortelier first conducted the orchestra in 1998, but his more recent relationship with the ensemble dates from 2012, when he first conducted them in their new hall, Harpa, returning regularly since. The contract is for three years. 

The French conductor also has a relationship dating back 25 years with Chandos Records, and in a statement he confirmed that he will be recording with the Iceland Symphony for the British-based label. 

‘I am delighted and moved to be asked to become the Chief Conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra,’ said Tortelier, ‘and am flattered and happy to discover that the musicians committee voted unanimously to offer it to me. I enjoy a really good chemistry with the players and, of course, the new hall is a spectacular plus. I love making music with an orchestra that is so receptive.’ 

Tortelier now adds the orchestra to a CV which includes Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Ulster Orchestra (1989-1992), Principal Conductor of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (2009-2011) and Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic (1992-2003).

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