The sphinx has yet to speak, but his associates are rolling into action.
The London Symphony Orchestra, in a statement just released to Slipped Disc, has accepted that Valery Gergiev will not be their principal conductor beyond 2016. The relationship remains warm and he will continue to work with them in the future but no longer as chief conductor.
He has other ambitions in mind from 2015, apparently the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra – though his people won’t say anything about that until the city council has met on Wednesday to ratify his appointment.
The news comes as a bit of a shock for the LSO, which may account for the brevity of their statement. But they have plenty of time to choose a successor and have run through the cream of Gergiev’s repertoire since he was appointed in 2005. Who’s next? (I have a candidate in mind but don’t want to jinx his chances.)
The LSO has an excellent relationship with Valery Gergiev and we have ambitious plans through to the 2015/2016 season and beyond across the world. He is contracted as Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra until the end of 2015.
We cannot comment on any other plans which Valery Gergiev may have. What is clear, is that his relationship with the LSO is strong and it will sustain, just as has been the case for the LSO with other conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Michael Tilson-Thomas and André Previn.