Breaking: London conductor replaces sacked Russian (update)

Breaking: London conductor replaces sacked Russian (update)


norman lebrecht

October 25, 2011

News has just reached me from Moscow that the Ministry of Culture has named a successor to the sacked conductor Mark Gorenstein, whose Svetlanov Orchestra rose in rebellion this summer after years of harsh treatment.

According to the Ria-Novosti agency, the new artistic director will be Vladimir Jurowski, who has made his name as music director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Glyndebourne Opera Festival.

Jurowski will be leaving Glyndebourne in 2013.

UPDATE: Juro’s agents have asked me to clarify, ahead of their announcement tomorrow, that he will be the orchestra’s artistic director, not music director as Gorenstein was, and thus not his direct successor. He ‘will be closely involved in helping to give the orchestra an artistic direction and vision for the future seasons, and providing stability following Gorenstein’s departure. He will work with the orchestra on a couple of occasions in the coming months.’

The distinction is a fine one, but I thought you’d like to know.


  • Melanie P. says:

    Would be interesting to have some more information. Doesn’t seem to be an obvious career choice for someone of the caliber of Jurowski.

    • Andrey says:

      Melanie, he’ll conduct only 2 concerts in a season managing other projects from abroad.
      And historically, by the title and, maybe even potentially this is no.1 orchestra in Russia (unlike LPO in UK, I have to point out).
      So who knows what fruits his leadership could bring in the future?