Maestro move: Venezuelan lands US orchestra

Maestro move: Venezuelan lands US orchestra


norman lebrecht

February 13, 2018

The San Diego Symphony has named Rafael Payare as its music director, starting next year. Payare, 37, is presently music director of the Ulster Orchestra. He lives in Berlin with his wife, the American cellist Alisa Weilerstein and their daughter.

San Diego will be a significant career upgrade, ten weeks a year, on a four-year contract.

He succeeds Jahja Ling, who bows out after 13 years.


  • Hernan says:

    I hope that Maestro Payare not get pushed as Dudamel got pushed to betray the Venezuelan government who gave them everything. Considering both Dudamel and Maestro Payare’s working class background, they are very fortunate to have been born in Venezuela. The opportunities that the Revolution gave Dudamel and Maestro Payare do not exist for working class Latinos in the United States.
    If Dudamel had cojones, he would have denounced US interference and threat of invasion of Venezuela.

    • Sam says:

      Gave them everything… except a functioning state to live in. Get back in your troll cage, Hernan. It’s not feeding time yet.