Finns name an American chief conductor

Finns name an American chief conductor


norman lebrecht

November 10, 2022

Juilliard-trained Eugene Tzigane is to be chief conductor and artistic director of the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra in Finland.

He starts next autumn.

Tzigane, 40, has previously headed the Nordwestdeutschen Philharmonie.


  • Jeffrey Biegel says:

    Congratulations, Eugene! Good luck on your new podium!

  • drummerman says:

    American? Maestro Tzigane’s bio indicates that he was born in Japan. Perhaps you mean “American trained?”

    • Willem Philips says:

      One’s birthplace does not confer nationality. Ozawa was born in China but has always been considered Japanese. Blomstedt is American-born and lived in the USA but has always identified as a Swede. Training has zilch to do with it.

      • Tancredi says:

        It depends on the nationality of one’s parents, usually the mother, whether birthplace confers nationality. ‘Identifies as’ is presumably cultural preference, which says something about one’s psyche, but unrelated to legal status.

    • Jerome Hoberman says:

      Plenty of Americans were born abroad, as Americans. Among them Lorin Maazel and John McCain. Also, my children.

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    I wonder if he likes conducting lots of Ravel?