No Decision Made on Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra’s New Conductor

Orchestra members at the Berlin Philharmoniker have failed to agree on a new conductor following a vote that lasted over 11 hours, it was revealed yesterday.

Voting on who to replace their current Principal Conductor Sir Simon Rattle when he stands down at the end of his contract in 2017, the Orchestra were unable to reach a majority agreement, instead postponing the vote to “within a year”.

Rumours suggest that some favourites to replace the Liverpool born conductor include the current conductor of the Dresden Staatskapelle Christian Thielemann, as well as Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons. Daniel Barenboim, Mariss Jansons and Gustavo Dudamel are reportedly also favourites, despite Barenboim and Dudamel having both allegedly ruled themselves out.

The vote, which has a unique authority over the orchestra not seen in other orchestras and that cannot be vetoed by local government or any incumbent at the Orchestra, is sometimes described as the papal conclave of the music world.

Back in March, Sir Simon confirmed that he had accepted the post of Musical Director at the London Symphony Orchestra and would not be extending his contract when it comes up for renewal in 2017, thereby ending his tenure as principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmoniker after 16 years in the role.


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