White Knight succeeds JoAnn in Virginia

White Knight succeeds JoAnn in Virginia


norman lebrecht

June 01, 2021

The cellist Eric Jacobsen, founding artistic director of The Knights and of the Brooklyn Rider string quartet, has been picked as music director by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
He takes over from JoAnn Falletta.
And he’s also renewing his contract with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
Busy knight.


  • drummerman says:

    Will he relinquish his two other music directorships?

    • Joseph says:

      JoAnn Falletta simultaneously held directorships with the Virginia Symphony and the Buffalo Philharmonic for many years, doing fine work with both ensembles. Why do you assume that her successor can’t handle more than one position?

  • David J Hyslop says:

    Had the pleasure of working with Eric during my time with the Orlando Philharmonic. He’s a talented person and will do well in Virginia.

  • Zubzub Mehta says:

    Definitely white….

  • Alexander Platt says:

    I saw Eric Jacobsen conduct two summers ago at Tanglewood, and he was amazing. I wish him every success at his new post.


    He is also music director of the Greater Bridgeport (CT) Symphony.