succession chief conductor: questions & Answer

Q: Has a new chief conductor been chosen to succeed Mariss Jansons?

A: Not yet.

Q: OK, but who’s on the short list?

A: The orchestra is working internally to find potential candidates for the position. It’s safe to assume that they’ll be conductors who’ve already worked successfully with our orchestra in the past.

Q: What qualities are the musicians looking for in their “ideal” candidate?

A: They’re looking for a chief conductor, male or female, who will sustain the orchestra’s tradition and the legacy of its past chief conductors – a broad repertoire, a wide range of styles and the ability to unleash maximum musical intensity, plus a delight in treating today’s and tomorrow’s audiences to new concert formats, new forms of interaction and new channels of communication. The orchestra is looking forward to having a strong personality at its helm when it enters its new home, the Munich Concert Hall in the “Werksviertel” district.

Q: But who’ll be responsible for choosing the next chief conductor?

A: The intendant of Bavarian Radio, though as in orchestras of similar stature, the vote of the BRSO’s musicians will play a crucial role.

Q: When will the BRSO announce its next chief conductor, and when will he or she start work as de facto head of the orchestra?

A: It’s a crucial and painstaking decision, and consequently the internal vote or decision-making process will take several months. Moreover, since the potential candidates have ongoing duties and the world’s great orchestras normally plan well in advance, some time will presumably elapse between the nomination and the actual assumption of office.

Q: What will the BRSO do in the interim?

A: Luckily, in recent years the BRSO has built up solid partnerships with some of the finest conductors of our time, not least because that was always one of Mariss Jansons’s concerns. We’ll cultivate and expand these partnerships with conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Iván Fischer, Daniel Harding, Jakub Hrůša, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir Simon Rattle and Franz Welser-Möst. We’re convinced that even during this “interregnum” we’ll be able to give sterling performances to our audiences in Munich, Bavaria and abroad.