Lucerne eyes Rattle as its next chief

Lucerne eyes Rattle as its next chief


norman lebrecht

August 16, 2014

The Lucern Festival is having a transitional year after the death of Claudio Abbado and the frailty of Pierre Boulez, its two stalwart conductors of recent years.

Now, the festival’s director, Michael Haefliger, has told an interviewer that he wants Simon Rattle to take over the helm.



  • Dan says:

    Haefliger doesn’t actually say that! He is extremely careful with his words, and extols the virtues of Andris Nelsons with an equal enthusiasm.

  • sdReader says:

    Love that image!

  • Nina Steinhart says:

    I’m surprised to see you claim as ‘official’ the statement from
    Michael Haefliger that Simon Rattle will take over the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra. That is not what he said in the BR interview.

  • Papageno says:

    What happened to all the scuttlebutt about Sir Simon taking over the LSO? Things have fallen quiet after all those rumors made the rounds last fall.

    And if not him, who do they choose?

    • anonymus says:

      Apparently he is not really interested in moving with his family back to the British Isles.

      • Nick says:

        He’s on record as saying the family made a decision they will not move from Berlin. That, though, rules out neither a London Orchestra nor the Lucerne Festival. Nor would it rule out a US orchestra.

  • Richard says:

    So which US orchestra would he go to? Philadelphia was interested in him before he took Berlin.