Chicago Symphony Orchestra Extends Conducting Apprentice Residency

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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Affiliation’s (CSOA) Worldwide Sir George Solti Conducting Apprenticeship was established by CSO music director Riccardo Muti in 2009. Named after previous CSO music director, Sir George Solti, the apprenticeship helps develop the careers of rising conductors.

Conductor Lina González-Granados started her apprenticeship in 2020 — which was paused for the primary few months as a result of pandemic and resumed within the fall of 2021. Her now prolonged contract will see her take part in two new residencies deliberate subsequent season in Could and June 2023. 

González-Granados will proceed to be mentored by Muti, observe CSO rehearsals and live shows, plus participate in schooling and group engagement actions in addition to performances supported by the CSO’s Negaunee Music Institute

Born and raised in Cali, Colombia, González-Granados grew to become the primary Latina to steer the CSO and made her debut in subscription live shows in April 2022. She led the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and appeared on the 2022 Chicago Youth in Music Pageant. This yr, she has stepped in twice for Muti, conducting CSO applications together with one that includes solo violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.

González-Granados has been a recipient of the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship and previous winner on the La Maestra Worldwide Competitors for Ladies Conductors, the Solti Basis’s Profession Help Award, and the 2021 Sphinx Medal of Excellence.  

At present serving as a Conducting Fellow of the Philadelphia Orchestra, in addition to inventive director of Unitas Ensemble, which she based to advertise the works of Latin-American composers, González-Granados’ upcoming tasks embrace opening the 2022/23 season of the Los Angeles Opera, the place was lately named resident conductor.

“This yr has offered extra alternatives for me to work along with Lina González-Granados because the Solti Conducting Apprentice,” stated Muti within the press launch. “You will need to me to help the following era of musicians and I love her dedication and dedication to music. I stay up for her returning on this position subsequent season.”

“It’s an honor to proceed because the CSO’s Solti Conducting Apprentice,” added González-Granados. “Since 2020, I’ve grown as a conductor by means of many alternative musical experiences shared with the unbelievable musicians in Chicago and from observing and dealing with Maestro Muti. I’m additionally deeply touched by the passion of Chicago audiences within the live performance corridor and stay up for coming again subsequent yr.”