Jonathon Heyward Named Music Director of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

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29-year-old, American-born conductor Jonathon Heyward has been appointed Music Director and holder of the Harvey M. and Lyn P. Meyerhoff Chair at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO). He’ll function Music Director Designate for the upcoming 2022-23 season and lead two weeks of performances in Could 2023.

He succeeds Marin Alsop after a 14-year tenure because the BSO’s music director and BSO OrchKids Founder.

“It’s a great honor to hitch the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at this thrilling time in its lengthy and distinguished historical past,” stated Heyward. “I imagine we have now a fantastic alternative to construct on the storied achievements of the orchestra below Marin Alsop’s inspirational management and to discover the various methods through which we are able to attain the best variety of folks at house and abroad.

“I’m passionate in regards to the energy of symphonic music to convey audiences collectively and to talk to all communities,” he added. “The Baltimore Symphony’s irresistible artistry, vitality, and optimism have been clear to me from the primary second we rehearsed collectively earlier this 12 months. We shared a particular chemistry then and within the concert events we have now given since. I sit up for seeing the place that may take us within the years forward.”

A graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music, the place he grew to become assistant conductor of its opera division and of the Boston Opera Collaborative, Heyward then acquired postgraduate classes from Sian Edwards at London’s Royal Academy of Music. He later served as assistant conductor of the Hallé Orchestra, the place he was mentored by Sir Mark Elder. Heyward at the moment serves because the Chief Conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie. He lately led two profitable engagements with the BSO together with a Profit Live performance for Ukraine in March 2022.

“It was equally as necessary for us to discover a music director who can be a visionary chief with the potential to connect with the group, be seen on the earth at massive, and be an advocate for music and musicians,” the BSO assertion reads. “Our bar was excessive, but it surely has been met.”

“Magic struck when Jonathon took the stage in March, and the chemistry between him and the orchestra was obvious from his first moments on the rostrum,” stated Percussionist and Chair of the Gamers’ Committee Brian Prechtl. “Jonathon’s distinctive programming, sturdy communication abilities, and talent to push the orchestra with new concepts demonstrated a number of the most necessary musical traits we have been searching for in a music director.”