Maestro move: Singapore goes for experience

The Singapore Symphony has named the Austrian Hans Graf as its next music director. Graf, 70, will take over the baton a year from now from the outgoing Lan Shui, who has been in charge for 22 years.

Graf was music director in Houston, 2001 to 2013.

He has also held the reins at the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg (1984-94), Calgary Philharmonic (1995-2003) and Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine (1998-2004).

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  • Not surprising. Singapore sees itself as a better than life Switzerland and anything old and European is viewed as good there. They probably could have done better with the money they have.

  • Expect much dull, pedantic music making, much on the level of what most anybody would call two-dimensional.

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