Three preferred names have emerged in the Czech Philharmonic’s urgent search for a music director to replace the late Jiří Bělohlávek.
Top of the pile are Jaap Van Zweden, Marin Alsop and Fabio Luisi (pictured), according to local press reports. There is some confusion about the role of Semyon Bychkov who, in the week of Bělohlávek’s death was due to be named principal guest conductor, and feelers have also been put out to the British conductor, John Eliot Gardiner.
Also mentioned are local favourites Jakub Hrusa, now with the Bamberg Symphony, and Tomáš Netopil.
The Czech position is prestigious, poorly paid and often parlous.