Just in: Spanish orch picks US music directormain
Musicians of the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra today surprised pundits by picking a little-known American as music director.
From a candidate field that included the Mexican Carlos Miguel Prieto, the Israeli Yaron Traub and the strongly-tipped Italian Speranza Scappucci, the players cast most of their votes for Erik Nielsen.
Nielsen, 37 and from Iowa, has been Kapellmeister at Frankfurt Opera and a Solti Fellowship holder. Six weeks ago, he was named as music director of the opera house in Basle, Switzerland.