Maestro move: Swedes pick US baton

Maestro move: Swedes pick US baton


norman lebrecht

August 20, 2018

The Malmö Symphony Orchestra has named Robert Trevino as its next music director, starting next year.

He succeeds Marc Soustrot.

Trevino, 34, is presently head of the Basque National Orchestra.



  • Pianofortissimo says:

    When in Malmö I recommend that he use a bulletproof vest. Coming from the USA, maybe he is already used to it. However, in Malmö he is not supposed to shoot back (honest civilians do not have permission to carry guns in Sweden).

    • Pianofortissimo says:

      PS: Maybe that was a bad joke, but not far from reality given the usual news about Malmö in the Swedish press. The Malmö Symphony Orchestra is very good for a “provincial” band, and has done lots of recordings, many of them first recordings of Scandinavian music and, in the 1990’s, wonderful recordings of music by Schnitke (especially for the BIS label).

  • Celia Thomas says:

    Wonderful news – he is a phenomenal conductor!

  • Doug says:

    Wait, I thought Sweden was feminist utopia? So why not a female conductor? Or for that matter, why have a conductor at all? The concept of conductor is no more than cis-centric male hegemonic white privilege, right? Why not just sit in a circle and talk? Wait, why even perform classical music since it perpetuates colonialist oppression? [See where this is going leftist readers of SD? You think I’m joking?]

    • A scared woman says:

      Unfortunately, I don’t think you are… Scary times!

    • Jaypee says:

      Don’t you have any pussy to grab?
      Then shut up, trumpanzee. This is not about you.

    • Peter says:

      Neither funny or clever.

    • Bruce says:

      If that’s what you thought, and if that’s what you thought it meant, then you’re even more stupid and/ or more willfully obtuse than the impression you’d managed to give of yourself so far.

      Or maybe just more of an asshole. Either way, it’s quite a stretch.

    • Conducting Feminista says:

      Damn right! This orchestra has committed sacrilege in hiring this man. They should be hiring women conductors instead. Every woman conductor on this planet is vastly superior to this whippersnapper.

      • Novagerio says:

        Oh boy, either you are just a troll disguised as a feminist or you just have serious issues. Either way, see a good shrink and get cured soon. You are only spreading hate.

  • Ralph Sauer says:

    I have played in many orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic. After playing as a guest with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra a few months ago, I can say with authority that it is right up there with the best. It is not a “provincial” band.

    • professor says:

      I agree. It’s NY that is provincial.

      • The View from America says:


      • Bruce says:

        There is a certain thing I call “reverse provincialism” where the New York press, at least, don’t seem to consider anything worth their notice unless it happens in New York. For example, if an orchestra hasn’t played in Carnegie Hall recently, how good can they really be?

        I remember back when Salvatore Licitra made his Met debut in Il Trovatore (before he died, obviously), the Times treated it like now his career was poised to take off, even though he’d already made an acclaimed recording of it with Muti and La Scala.

        There was also an article wondering how good a conductor Gerard Schwarz could really be if he’d never conducted the New York Philharmonic. (Not expressing an opinion on Schwarz, but rather on the notion that that’s the gig that makes a conductor worth paying attention to.)

  • Jean says:

    I saw him conducting Mahler 5 with Tonhalle Zurich some months ago. He was replacing Runnicles at short notice. The performance was simply stunning.

    • Derek says:

      I saw him last year conducting a concert that included Bartok’s Miraculous Mandarin suite and the Shostakovich 5th symphony. The performance was excellent then as well.

      I wish him and the Malmö Symphony success together.

  • Caravaggio says:

    I love Malmö. A historic and charming small city with fine dining and equally fine Scandinavian design and furniture. That it is easily accessible to Copenhagen, just across the bridge, is icing on the cake. Strong Danish design influence there. Malmö Opera is said to be a fine institution as well although I had to skip them recently due to conflicting commitments. Hoping to attend next time.