The Tonhalle in Zurich is to announce a new music director and a new general director later today, with a press conference in Zurich on Friday.
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The music director is going to be Lionel Bringuier. He’s 26 years old, French, brilliantly gifted and Dudamel’s deputy in Los Angeles. The two young maestros share the same agent.
The gnomes of Zurich have been panting after Lionel all year. The Tonhalle orchestra is world class, the audience rich and soporific. Whether Lionel can wake them up – and slash the average age by five decades – will be his first challenge. He succeeds David Zinman, 76, after a 17 year stint.
The new intendant is Ilona Schmiel, presently of the ambitious Beethoven Festival in Bonn. She succeeds Elmar Weingarten, who is planning a rival Zurich Festival. Will Zurich ever wake up and her the music? It has never had a better chance.
Here’s Lionel on his L.A. job description: