Two conductors quit US orchestras

Two conductors quit US orchestras


norman lebrecht

February 11, 2020

Andrew Grams is leaving the Elgin Symphony after seven good years. He’s looking for more work abroad.


Carlos Kalmar is stepping down after 20 years at the head of the Oregon Symphony.

Don’t all rush at once.



  • Anon says:

    Grams is very good.

  • Old Man in the Midwest says:

    Grams is an excellent conductor and should fare well in Europe. Very talented and very polite and professional when working with the Elgin Symphony. I wish him well.

  • minacciosa says:

    It would be wonderful if these orchestras made the decision to hire American conductors. There certainly are enough good ones from which to choose.

  • drummerman says:

    Elgin Symphony advertised for a CEO last November. Does anyone know if they’ve hired someone? You’d think they would want to hire someone with experience managing a music director search.

    • Guest says:

      They haven’t. Where did you see the advertisment? Thanks.

    • Anon says:

      They hired someone with zero orchestral management experience as CEO, sort of a semi-retirement gig to replace the previous semi-retirement CEO. His only previous experience was on the board of the local youth symphony which he dropped like a rock as soon as his kid got into a more prestigious orchestra. ESO needs experienced orchestral management, not people who used to be in charge of something and happen to know how to ask for money.

  • Plush says:

    Elgin probably tried to cut his pay.

  • DonJuan2020 says:

    Grams was the guest conductor for an all Strauss program while I was a student at the Amsterdam Conservatory. He is the real deal in every aspect, and I hope he continues to rise in Europe.