Maestro move: Young guy gets Tennstedt’s job

August 15, 2018 by norman lebrecht


Benjamin Reiners has been named Generalmusikdirektor in Kiel, a post once held by Klaus Tennstedt after his flight from East Germany.

Benjamin is 35, and presently deputising at Nationaltheater Mannheim.




Comments (8)

  1. operasinger says:

    He is an incredible musician, fantastic conductor and a very kind person! He will be very much missed in Mannheim but so well deserved for his new post! Wishing all the best for his future position

  2. Petros Linardos says:

    Big shoes to fill.

    1. John Borstlap says:

      In Kiel, part of the selection process is the precise measurement of feet.

      1. Bruce says:

        Well, you know what they say: “Big feet… big socks.”

  3. Bruce says:

    Seriously though, at what point does “a job once held by” return to being just a job? For example, is Aachen still “Karajan’s old job,” or has its status expired?

    1. Petros Linardos says:

      A job held by [one person] is arguably ridiculous, especially if we are looking at a distant past, like Aachen. Few if any Aachen orchestral musicians who played under Karajan will still be alive.

      On the other hand, I like to look at the history of an orchestra’s leadership. Some have an impressive lineage, like the Minnesota Orchestra. With the CBSO, it is impossible not to think of its recent succession of young leaders who then moved on to high profile careers.

  4. Conducting Feminista says:

    They would have been much better off selecting a woman conductor instead of this whippersnapper.

    1. msc says:

      But whip snapping is such sn important part of the job!

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