Breaking: Boy wonder is new chief of Orchestre de Parismain
The political authorities who control the Orchestre de Paris have appointed the young Finn, Klaus Mäkelä, to succeed Daniel Harding as music director.
Mäkelä starts the job in September 2022 but will be in Paris on 9 July to perform with the orchestra’s first public concert since the onset of the Covid pandemic.
The programme will consists of Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin and Beethoven’s 7th symphony.
Mäkela, who is 24, recently extended his contract with the Oslo Philharmonic, where he does not start work until the autumn. His agent is playing this for all it’s worth.
It’s not clear if Mäkelä speks French. Harding’s predecessor, Paavo Järvi, never did.