Australia leads the way to picking local maestrosmain
The Australian-based German Johannes Fritzsch has just been named principal conductor of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. He succeeds the Mexican Alondra De La Parra, whom he preceded.
Fritsch is married to a former concertmaster of the Australian Opera and lives in Hobart, Tasmania.
Local batons are the way Australia is heading. The Sydney Symphony has Simone Young, Adelaide Symphony has Nicholas Carter, Perth lists Jessica Gethin as its conductor, Melbourne, which is vacant, is mostly conducted by local lad Benjamin Northey. Canberra has Jessica Cottis.
An Australia-first policy makes sense in the Covid and post-Covid landscape. Other nation-states will follow suit.