Breaking: Birmingham chooses a non-MirgaNews
The Japanese conductor Kazuki Yamada has just been announced as Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, starting in spring 2023.
A Seiji Ozawa protege, Yamada has been working with the players intensely since 2018 as Principal Guest Conductor.
His appointment is no great surprise, though the announcement is a little sooner than expected. He is very well liked by players and subscribers. We called it here first.
Yamada, 42, is also Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo.
He breaks the long CBSO run of appointing unknown and untested talent.