Cristian Măcelaru Appointed as Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's Next Music Director

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has appointed renowned conductor Cristian Măcelaru as its 14th Music Director, starting in the 2024-25 season. Măcelaru's exceptional artistry and global leadership are expected to elevate the orchestra's artistic excellence and community engagement.

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Cristian Măcelaru Appointed as Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's Next Music Director

Cristian Măcelaru Appointed as Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's Next Music Director

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has announced that Cristian Măcelaru will become its 14th Music Director, succeeding Louis Langrée. Măcelaru, a Grammy Award-winning conductor, will begin his five-year term in the 2024-25 season, serving as Music Director Designate in the first year.

Măcelaru, 44, is currently the Music Director of the Orchestre National de France, the Artistic Director of the George Enescu Festival and Competition in Bucharest, Romania, and the Chief Conductor of the WDR Sinfonieorchester in Cologne, Germany.

He has also held positions with the Interlochen Center for the Arts' World Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in the US. "I am overjoyed and humbled to become the CSO's next Music Director," Măcelaru said in a statement. "This is a superb orchestra made up of exceptional musicians, and it is a great privilege to be invited to lead them in shaping the next chapter of the CSO's rich history."

The CSO's search for its next Music Director was led by a committee co-chaired by Sheila Williams and Peter Landgren. The committee, which included five elected CSO musicians, developed a detailed position profile to identify the ideal candidate's musical and non-musical attributes, including the ability to be a great conductor, an artistic partner, and someone who understands the power of music to enrich the community.

Why this matters: The appointment of Cristian Măcelaru as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's next Music Director is a noteworthy event for the orchestra and the city's cultural landscape. As a renowned conductor with an international presence, Măcelaru is anticipated to enhance the CSO's artistic excellence and strengthen its engagement with the local community.

Măcelaru made his debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 2016 and has since returned multiple times. He impressed the orchestra's musicians with his "combination of respect and intensity" and "relaxed attitude." CSO board chair Dianne Rosenberg expressed excitement about Măcelaru's appointment, citing his "exceptional artistry, collaborative spirit, and strong leadership of orchestras around the world." Măcelaru will join a distinguished line of Cincinnati Symphony musical leaders when he takes the helm in the 2025-26 season.

Key Takeaways

  • Cristian Măcelaru to become 14th Music Director of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 2025-26
  • Măcelaru, 44, is currently Music Director of Orchestre National de France and other orchestras
  • CSO search committee developed detailed profile to identify ideal candidate's musical and non-musical attributes
  • Măcelaru's appointment expected to enhance CSO's artistic excellence and community engagement
  • Măcelaru impressed CSO musicians with his "combination of respect and intensity" and "relaxed attitude"