Maestro puts in payback timemain
Cristian Măcelaru, the youngest of 10 in an impoverished Romanian family, opened an envelope one day to find he’d been offered a full scholarship to attend the Interlochen Academy in the USA.
He spent two years at Interlochen, 1997-99, one of them as concertmaster of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Today, he became artistic director and principal conductor of the Interlochen orchestra.
Elsewhere, he’s music director of the Orchestre National de France, the WDR Sinfonieorchester and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.