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Transfer news: German maestro lands Israel job

The pianist Justus Frantz has been appointed chief conductor of the Israel Sinfonietta. Apparently, the deal was done in March, but no-one bothered to announce it until this weekend. The Hamburger Abendblatt says he is the first non-Jewish German ever to head an Israeli orchestra, which may well be the case but it’s no big deal.

After a starry start in the Leonard Bernstein crowd, Justus founded the Schleswig-Holstein Festival and several education projects.

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  1. Alexander Hall says:

    It is certainly no big deal at all. Justus Frantz capitalised on his close connections to Bernstein, not only during the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, and also with Christoph Eschenbach, with whom he once shared a house in Hamburg. He then attempted to do a German Andr√© Previn and landed himself a lucrative contract with the German TV station ZDF, before forming his Philharmonie der Nationen, with whom he toured the provinces doing “ever-popular” programmes ad nauseam. He then got himself into a lot of hot water and financial difficulties with bankruptcy and lawsuits hanging over him. He obviously thinks it’s time for a change.

  2. Mazel Tov. We’re lucky to have him. I see a Renaissance a comin’ in Eretz with Frantz and Chaslin and Mehta.

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