National orchestra boss is sacked after 10 months

National orchestra boss is sacked after 10 months


norman lebrecht

March 19, 2016

The national orchestra of Belgium has shown artistic director Jozef de Witte a quick route to the door.

The media have been informed of irreconcilable differences. 

De Witte, a political appointee, had no recent orchestral experience. For the past 11 years he had been running an anti-racism organisation.

The position is presently critical since the orchestra is under threat of being merged with La Monnaie opera orchestra.

jozef de witte


  • Richard Gibbs says:

    Might be best in the circumstances for the Orchestra to take La Monnaie and run.

  • William Safford says:

    I want the following to be taken as a sincere question, not suggesting an answer. I have no knowledge of this topic.

    Was he hired because his previous work experience was felt to be needed in his new position?

    • Anonymous says:

      No, it is a public secret the current right wing government wanted to get rid of him at the Unia (Centre for equal treatment and against racism).

  • Andre says:

    Was he Artistic Director? I am not sure about it.