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.