BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
John Storgårds, conductor
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Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra appoints John Storgårds as Principal Guest Conductor.
The National Arts Centre Orchestra strengthened its artistic leadership with the appointment of John Storgårds as its Principal Guest Conductor. Storgårds made his conducting debut with the NAC Orchestra in 2013 with an all-Finnish program to great acclaim, and last year shaped and conducted the orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No 8. His appointment is a three-year contract.
Commenting on the appointment, NAC Music Director Designate Alexander Shelley said, “I’m thrilled that distinguished Finnish conductor John Storgårds has accepted this post. I admire his work and look forward to his exciting artistic contribution.”
“I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to be working more with the NAC Orchestra in the coming seasons. They are great musicians and we have already collaborated on two successful ‘test-drives.’ Our rapport was excellent,” said Storgards.
Consistent praise has followed this vibrant orchestra throughout its history of touring both nationally and internationally, recording, and commissioning Canadian works. Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, under the direction of renowned conductor/violinist/violist Pinchas Zukerman, continues to draw accolades both abroad and at home in Ottawa where it gives over 100 performances a year. Storgårds will be the second Principal Guest Conductor in the NAC Orchestra’s history; the other was the late Franz-Paul Decker, who held the position from 1991 to 1999.
7. August 2015, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Here that vitality is held in balance with an edgy, uneasy calm, as Storgårds explores both extremes to the full, galvanising his BBC players as he goes — neat packaging, fine recording.
Financial Times 5 June 2015 BBC Philharmonic