The world’s busiest conductor? Perhaps notmain
Every January, the Bachtrack website publishes an analysis of its worldwide classical concert listings, 28,000 in all. The repertoire never changes much, but the maestro worksheets are worth consideration.
According to Bachtrack, this man was the busiest conductor in 2015.
He’s Jonathan McPhee and he’s triple-time music director of Boston Ballet, Lexington Symphony and Symphony New Hampshire. Bachtrack liested him conducting 28 times in December 2015 and plenty through the year.
The site ranks Simon Rattle as the world’s second busiest and Valery Gergiev as third.
We would gently challenge that placement. Gergiev has been known to conduct 49 times in a month – last April, in fact. Not all of his tour dates are listed on Bachtrack. By our count, he is by far the world’s busiest.