Elim Chan gets Concertgebouw call

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.



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  • She’s very talented.

    I saw her conduct the RSNO, replacing Neeme Järvi.

    Her conducting is not as exaggerated as Mirga’s.

  • “This throws her hat belatedly into the ring for the vacant music directorship.”

    I don’t believe I’ve just read that.

  • Elim is one of the most exciting talents emerging at present and a absolute pleasure to work with. Beyond thrilled that she has been given the call up.

  • She is a nice person and a talented musician, but the only reason I am not surprised about mentioning potential music directorship of Concertgebouw next to her name is that it seems like every young woman with a baton in her hands who is not a complete failure on the podium is being hailed as a genius these days.

  • Elim has great baton technique and great sense of phrasing and balance of sound from the orchestra. She has her own way to elicit from the orchestra what she wants. She reminds me of the young Zubin Mehta when he was with the Montreal symphony and the LA Orchestra.

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