It is clear from yesterday’s vote that the Concertgebouw musicians were given a limited choice of conductors by their previous management, and came up with the worst possible outcome – one maestro who’s unavailabe, a second who’s unsuitable and a third whom they know all too well to bring any great leap of renewal.
So what now?
Picking a music director is not that hard, especially for an institution with the Concertgebouw’s pedigree. The pay may be below par, but the prestige is high.
So, they either look for an established maestro who’s doing brilliant things somewhere else, or for blazing young talent.
Category A yields:
Category B would include:
Omer Meir Wellber
Not that difficult, really.
It must be so galling for Amsterdam that Rotterdam has got it right every time for the past 20 years, and they keep getting it wrong.
UPDATE: Not to mention Birmingham.