The young Hong Kong conductor has been summoned to open the Concertgebouw season after Franz Welser-Möst withdrew.
Elim, 33, is chief conductor of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra just across the border, and principal guest at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. She has conducted the Concertgebouw once before, but never on a limelight night. This throws her hat belatedly into the ring for the vacant music directorship.
Franz Welser-Möst is having a minor operation for a shoulder injury at the beginning of September. He expected to return to the Concertgebouw at Christmas.