Maestro move: Daniel Hope adds new job

The British violinist Daniel Hope, music director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, has been chosen in San Francisco to succeed Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg as head of New Century Chamber Orchestra.

Hope, 44, was asked to fill in some months ago as interim artistic leader and the orchestra has moved fast to make the move permanent.


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  • I wonder why it is always violinists who are given such positions. They do seem to think they are more important than other instrumentalists.

  • Not wanting to play first fiddle here, as I don’t play a string instrument. I am a mere music loving audience member and happen to be a friend of the New Century Chamber Orchestra. I have attended many performances which were wonderfully led by Nadia from her leader’s desk. I trust this will continue with Daniel as her successor and congratulate the NCCO with choosing him and wish them toi toi toi for the years to come, to the delight of music lovers in San Francisco and beyond. After all, it’s about Enjoying Music Together, whether making or listening to it. No Beckmesserei needed.

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