Maestro move: Young Brit takes Toscanini orchestra

Maestro move: Young Brit takes Toscanini orchestra


norman lebrecht

September 09, 2016

Alpesh Chauhan, 25, is to be principal conductor of La Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini in Parma, the maestro’s birthplace, from September 2017.


A truck driver’s son, Alpesh was Andris Nelson’s assistant conductor in Birmingham and made his Proms debut this summer.

He says: ‘I really enjoy working with the Filarmonica Toscanini, and we have already developed a great relationship performing Beethoven’s Eroica, Rachmaninov’s 2nd Symphony and Brahms’s 1st Symphony. Next season, we have three programmes which I have thoroughly enjoyed putting together: a programme of Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta, Mozart’s D-minor Piano Concerto with Olli Mustonen and Sibelius’s 1st Symphony; a Mozart-Stravinsky programme; and a concert of Gubaidulina and Bruckner 9.’


  • Halldor says:

    Lucky them. He’s a remarkable talent – and extremely hardworking.

  • Wally Francis says:

    This is good news – Alpesh is a smashing young man, totally devoted to music in every way, and believe me he is going places!!

    Yet another superb product made in Birmingham!

  • Barbara says:

    what is the relevance of being a truck driver’s son?

    • Tim Walton says:

      Presumably to point out that he was self taught and not born into a musical family.

      Nothing wrong with that. Well, certainly not in Birmingham. Can’t answer for people who come from London and never visit up here!!

    • Hilary says:

      Funnily enough, Leonard Bernstein was a hairdresser’s son. I like to know these things even though I suppose they’re a bit at a tangent.

      • Jerome Hoberman says:

        Not that there’s anything wrong with hairdressers as parents, but Bernstein’s father wasn’t one. He was a businessman who invested in a permanent wave (“perm”) machine invention and became well-off selling it.