Maestro move: Geneva names four-jobs Brit chief

Maestro move: Geneva names four-jobs Brit chief


norman lebrecht

January 28, 2015

The next music and artistic director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande is to be Jonathan Nott. He succeeds Neeme Järvi at an orchestra that has long failed to punch the weight its finances could buy.

Nott is presently Principal Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra (since 2000), Music Director of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (since 2014) and Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie (since 2014). He’s not saying which, if any, of these he’s giving up when he starts work in Geneva in 2016-17.

jonathan nott

From the press release:

Jonathan Nott named Music and Artistic Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Geneva, 28 January 2015 / Neeme Järvi’s successor at the head of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande will be British conductor Jonathan Nott. Elected new Music and Artistic Director by the overwhemling majority of the orchestra’s musicians and board members, Jonathan Nott will take up his post in the 2016-2017season.

Jonathan Nott says: “It is with huge anticipation and pleasure that I take up this appointment with the distinguished Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Why anticipation? Because nothing can give a greater sense of freedom to a Music Director, about to embark on a long journey with his orchestra, than the total commitment of his players. So I enter this relationship knowing that I have their overwhelming support to work long and hard together, exploring familiar and new repertoire, and ensuring that this fine ensemble is recognised as one of the foremost in the orchestral scene.”



  • […] Norman Lebrecht nous annonce que le chef d’orchestre Jonathan Nott sera le prochain directeur musical de l’Orchestre de la Suisse romande (à partir de la saison 2016/2017). Il prendra la suite de Neeme Järvi. […]

  • John Borstlap says:

    Whence the trend of a handful of well-known, overpaid conductors occupying more than one orchestra, while there must be many other talents who don’t get an opportunity?

  • J. says:

    Really? Was expecting more for Mr. Nott. He deserves a bigger British or German orchestra.

  • Alexander Hall says:

    The appointment makes geographical sense, if nothing else. Nott has lived with his family in Switzerland for a good many years. All he needs to do now is take a walk down the road………

  • SDReader says:

    He is lucky to get this. He has done nothing for Bamberg, which he relinquishes in 2016. But where will he drive his Lamborghinis now, without an Autobahn?

    • Gav says:

      ‘done nothing for Bamberg’?! care to elaborate? ive seen Nott and the Bamberger’s on a number of occasions. very fine and with interesting programmes.

      • SDReader says:

        Hasn’t raised their profile, despite much touring. Hasn’t created an artistic legacy to hand to his successor. Hasn’t left any important recordings.

        Will have been in the position for 16 years.

        • Gav says:

          the people of bamberg famously support their orchestra with an astonishingly high percentage of citizens being subscribers to their concerts (perhaps things have changed in the last few years). maybe this (and giving excellent concerts) doesn’t count though in the SD world …. for some reason …

          • SDReader says:

            No, it certainly counts. But you can’t ascribe that to Nott.

          • SDReader says:

            If Geneva liked Neeme Järvi, they will like Nott. Same depth. Technical conductors without much to say, not bad musicians.