US cellist’s groom is new chief in Irelandmain
The Ulster Orchestra has announced a Venezuelan as its next chief conductor. He is Rafael Payare, 33, a personal protege of sistema founder Jose Antonio Abreu. In 2012, he won the Nikolai Malko competition. Last summer he married the cellist Alisa Weilerstein.
He succeeds JoAnn Faletta in September. The orchestra has severe financial problems and has laid off several staff.