Conductor 73, will stay on to 80

Conductor 73, will stay on to 80


norman lebrecht

June 17, 2022

The Hamburg Symphony has extended Sylvain Cambreling’s contract as chief conductor to 2028, when he will be 80.

The Frenchman says: ‘I have found an artistic home in Hamburg that makes me happy and grateful: in the wonderful Laeiszhalle, with an alert, curious audience and with an orchestra thatalways says yes to all challenges and inspires me anew in every phase of my work. The fact that we create great and really interesting things together can be heard in every concert – in the music and also in the applause.’


  • Klaus J. says:

    The most underrated living conductor. A true genius.

    • JB says:

      Not my impression when I heard him years ago in Frankfurt and Paris.

    • music lover says:

      Well…as a player who played for him….not quite.But one of the nicest guys in the business.

    • Novagerio says:

      A genius? Really?
      He seemed quiet overrated during the 90s-00s, especially in the Gerard Mortier-days, his then “partner-in-crime”, just ask the folks in Bruxelles and Paris…

  • E.R. says:

    Wonderful news! He is a fine conductor.

  • Henry williams says:

    How can one plan. Do we know what our health
    Will be like at 80.