Maestro move: Swiss lands Japan orchestra

Maestro move: Swiss lands Japan orchestra


norman lebrecht

October 15, 2017

Matthias Bamert, 75, has been chosen as chief conductor of the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra.

He succeeds Max Pommer, who lasted just three years.

Bamert is presently Principal Guest Conductor at Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra in South Korea.



  • dorset richard says:

    max pommer will be 82 in February, probably reason he did not stay very long.

  • John Borstlap says:

    What is this man doing in far-away lands? He made a superb CD with Wagner chunks à la Stokowski (Stokowski’s Wagner, BBC Phil, Chandos 1999). Is it because of his famous twelve-tone commercial?

    • Jerome Hoberman says:

      Because to some people Korea is not far away.

      • bluepumpkin says:

        Well said. I’ve just seen a tweet by pianist Stephen Hough who is on his way – once again – from Singapore to Korea for recitals and concerts.

        • bluepumpkin says:

          And I have a wonderful memory of the Sapporo symphony orchestra playing Sibelius 5, 6 and 7 in Suntory hall, Tokyo conducted by Tadaaki Otaka (The printed programme proudly stated Mr Otaka OBE.)