Breaking: Vienna chief conductor quits

Breaking: Vienna chief conductor quits


norman lebrecht

April 12, 2022

It has just been announced that the Colombian conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada has resigned as chief conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra with immediate effect.

The reason? ‘Long-standing and insurmountable differences with the director of the orchestra,’ his agency said.

Hmmm. Andres succeeded Philippe Jordan in the podium only last year. He has a Viennese wife and a child at school there. The intendant, Jan Nast, has been in his job since 2019.

It’s raining sulphur and brimstone in Vienna this week.


  • Musician says:

    Thank God… I wouldn’t be surprised if it was actually the orchestra’s decision…

  • christian says:

    Good choice.
    To work with Jan Nast is almost impossible. His selfishness is horrendous. To deal with a character like this,every day,makes an artist just sick.

    • Bulgakov says:

      I’ve heard much the same.

    • erich says:

      This posting might just make one think that it is written by a certain conductor with the same Christian name and from whom Nast had to endure the same deficiencies with which Nast is accused!

  • zayin says:

    In Europe, you hear more about the intendants, directors, than about the conductors.

    There is a legacy of them creating a legacy of their own, so it creates this dynamic of built-in competition with the conductor: who owns the programming, who owns the artistic decisions, who owns the legacy…

  • quite ok says:

    not that breaking, to be expected. the orchestra didn’t want to work with him any further. Nast is ok, he is easy to work with.

  • Marcello says:

    According to FAZ, the orchestra voted against a prolongation of the conductor’s contract beyond 2024/25. HIs reaction was to quit immediately.

  • JohnB says:

    It was the orchestra that made the decision not to extend Orozco-Estrada’s contract beyond the 2024/25 season. Andrés Orozco-Estrada then announced his resignation with immediate effect.

  • Alex says:

    Tut tut! Tautology (or perhaps tutology). Sulphur and brimstone are one and the same thing.

    • La plus belle voix says:

      גׇּפְרִ֣ית וָאֵ֑שׁ gafrit va’eish

    • Tito Schipa says:

      Maybe he meant
      ” treacle and molassas”? Lol or “Brimstone and treacle” as mentioned by Charles Dickens…

      • prof says:

        I’ve snuff and tobaccy, and excellent jacky,
        I’ve scissors, and watches, and knives;
        I’ve ribbons and laces to set off the faces
        Of pretty young sweethearts and wives.

        I’ve treacle and toffee, I’ve tea and I’ve coffee,
        Soft tommy and succulent chops;
        I’ve chickens and conies, and pretty polonies,
        And excellent peppermint drops.

        Then buy of your Buttercup — dear Little Buttercup;
        Sailors should never be shy;
        So, buy of your Buttercup — poor Little Buttercup;
        Come, of your Buttercup buy

    • Liam Allan-Dalgleish says:

      Not in today’s world, where the only forbidden book is the dictionary. Microsoft word and the other assorted crap peddled to waste save time has turned people into bigoted illiterates.

  • guest says:

    he will get a much better position in the future!
    he is a very good conductor.

    but the vienna symphony will remain the second orchestra of vienna and internationally unrecognized!

  • says:

    Just as all of these Finnish conductors have gotten major jobs from hierarchies hoping they’ll be the next Salonen — whereupon they’re not — this gentleman is one of those hired to be the next Dudamel…..with the same results. But overall he’s an excellent conductor and he’ll be fine.

  • M says:

    having worked with him on multiple occasions Andrés is really good. and humble, and fun to hang out with. this is hilarious. marin is re-upped by ORF and andres is dumped. some timeline we are living in!

  • VBMaestra says:

    Vienna Symphony needs to hire Vanessa Benelli Mosell as their next music director.

  • Stephen says:

    Too bad for Andres. I thought this was his dream job after leaving the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Maybe he will come back? He is adored in Houston.