Maestro rise: Nelsons names new Boston flak

Yu-An Chang from Taiwan is the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s new assistant conductor.

He succeeds Moritz Gnann who has held the maestro’s coat for three years.

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  • Why did you have to be so ‘cute’? This is a serious, meaningful position, and undoubtedly it is an honor to receive it. The Assistant Conductors are given full subscription programs and Tanglewood concerts to conduct. Past incumbants in this position have included Michael Tilson Thomas

  • You don’t understand the assistant conductor role in Boston. When a scheduled conductor cancels in Boston, management does not bother to find a quality replacement. Instead, the assistant (or someone even more unknown) gets to conduct, often leading a piece for the first time.

    • Are you sure it works that way? I can think of many instances where the management sought out a well known conductor at the last minute, and many commenters wondered what the assistant is paid for.

      • Often American orchestras do use the assistant in bigger ways than the European orchestras do. They get big subscription concerts and conduct the orchestra in other concerts frequently. This is a big deal

        • Of course it’s great news for Mr. Yu-An Chang. But Gene’s statement about assistants being the default replacement is, unfortunately, inaccurate.

    • In Boston, the assistant conductor often conducts the children’s concerts. At least it is exposure.

      BTW what is the difference between an assistant conductor and an associate conductor?

  • I know him since many years, he is not just a wonderful musician who will for sure have a fantastic relation to the orchestra and audience, he is also a great human being. Congratulations Yu-An!

  • Moritz Gnann is a brilliant conductor/pianist/musician and a wonderful person to boot. I had to coax it out of him that AN had appointed him as Assistant in Boston, such was his modesty. Good luck to this next chap.

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