Maestro move: Viennese conductor lands French orchestra

Maestro move: Viennese conductor lands French orchestra


norman lebrecht

September 27, 2021

The Vienna-born conductor Sascha Goetzel has been named Music Director of the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, in France.

Goetzel, 51, starts a year from now.

He has just ended 11 years as chief of the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra.



  • Frank says:

    From everything I have heard, he’s an interesting and enquiring conductor – some interesting concerts and recordings came out of Istanbul during his tenure – good for the Pays de la Loire, I say!

    • inaustria says:

      He is indeed a very good conductor, with whom I have had the pleasure of working. He is also an unusually nice man, who remembers peoples’ names years after he worked with them. Bravo, Maestro!

  • Francesca says:

    Top Conductor! He is engaging, charming and with an amazing technique. Good for them!

  • Anthony Sayer says:

    Good to see conductors pursuing interesting careers and flying under the radar. Hope it all goes well.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    He looks like Brad Pitt. Just sayin’.

  • Giulio says:

    Bravo to Sascha Goetzel. Excellent conductor, humble and kind human being. Nowadays not so common.

  • Ashu says:

    Very mysterious, these huge numbers of downvotes. Maybe he has enemies.

    • Giulio says:

      Thought the same. Probably, just somebody which have nothing better to do to put randomly dislike. Or jealousy, or envy, or just victim of a miserable day.