Early this morning Sibyle Veil, President of Radio France, named the next conductor of the Orchestre National de France, successor to Emmanuel Krivine who has been there since 2017.
The new chef, arriving in 2021, will be the 39 year-old Romanian Cristian Măcelaru, who has been enjoying a rapid rise as stand-in for some celebrated conductors.
Măcelaru is presently music director of the WDR Sinfonieorchester in Cologne and of the Cabrillo contemporary music festival.
UPDATE: Le Figaro calls it a surprise appointment. Past chiefs have been Gatti, Masur and Dutoit.