The Seattle Symphony Orchestra’s music director Ludovic Morlot has announced he will leave in 2019 after eight years in the job.
He has no other post immediately in sight. He says he is ‘contemplating new horizons — nothing I’m ready to share with you today.’
UPDATE: Morlot on social media: ‘After much reflection, I have decided to step down as Music Director of the Seattle Symphony in 2019. We are in the midst of a wonderful, stimulating and exciting artistic journey. I look forward to continuing this journey in the next two seasons; however, I feel that by 2019 the time will be right for me to explore new musical horizons and for the Symphony to benefit from the inspiration of new artistic leadership. I will be forever grateful to you and proud to have helped write a chapter in the history of the Seattle Symphony.’
Here’s the orchestra’s press statement:
Seattle, WA – Music Director Ludovic Morlot today announced that he will step down as Seattle Symphony Music Director in 2019, after eight seasons with the orchestra. Since 2011 Morlot has re-energized the organization with his thrilling performances, his innovative programming bringing together the familiar and the unfamiliar, and his award-winning recordings, as well as his work with youth, families and the community. Morlot and the Seattle Symphony are committed to developing the thread of creative and exciting programming that has distinguished his tenure, and as such, Morlot will continue to conduct the orchestra regularly beyond summer 2019.
“I will be forever grateful and proud to have been given the opportunity to help write a chapter in the history of the Seattle Symphony,” shared Morlot. “And what a beautiful chapter it is; thrilling performances played to full houses, the appointment of so many outstanding musicians, three Grammys, a strong list of commissions and premieres, a memorable concert at Carnegie Hall, an upcoming residency at Berkeley, and so much more. I am also extremely appreciative of the commitment that the community as a whole has offered to me at the artistic helm of this extraordinary organization. The decision to step down as Music Director when my contract comes to an end in 2019 is not one I have taken lightly. We are in the midst of a wonderful, stimulating and exciting artistic journey and I look forward to continuing this in the next two seasons. However, I feel that by 2019 the time will be right for me to explore new musical opportunities and for the Symphony to have the inspiration of new artistic leadership.”