Alexandre Bloch named as Principal Guest Conductor of Düsseldorf Symphoniker



Askonas Holt is delighted to announce the appointment of Alexandre Bloch as Principal Guest Conductor of Düsseldorf Symphoniker from the 2015/16 season, for an initial term of three years.
  
Alexandre’s highly successful debut with the Düsseldorf Symphoniker took place at the Tonhalle Düsseldorf back in September, in a varied programme including Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben and Berg’s Violin Concerto with Midori. 
 
Alexandre is thrilled to accept the position, commenting:
“I first conducted Düsseldorf Symphoniker last September in concerts including Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben: it was an amazing week. What a pleasure it is to work with these musicians! The mood in rehearsal is both focussed and easy-going at the same time, and the Tonhalle is beautiful and has a wonderful acoustic. I considered myself very privileged to be working with an orchestra so immersed in the great German tradition – having been conducted by Schumann and Mendelssohn. I am now utterly thrilled to be named their Principal Guest Conductor. We have a lot to share, to learn from each other, to achieve, and to give to the community of Düsseldorf. I am greatly looking forward to my work with the Düsseldorf Symphoniker in the years to come.”

Alexandre will be joining the orchestra alongside the celebrated Hungarian conductor Adam Fischer who takes the title of Principal Conductor. 

This appointment rounds off an extraordinary start to 2015 for the Frenchman, who brought in the New Year in style with a wonderful concert with Manchester Camerata at the Bridgewater Hall. Forthcoming engagements for Alexandre include his debut with the Orchestra of Opera North this weekend, where the Orchestra will perform a varied programme of Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony alongside works by Brahms, Shostakovich and Pärt. A previous winner of the Donatella Flick Conducting competition, Alexandre also returns to the London Symphony Orchestra on 8 February and 9 March 2015. 
 
In 2014, Alexandre made numerous debuts, including with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia, where at the Sage Gateshead, he led a stunning performance of Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending. Later this season, Alexandre will make his debut at the Norwegian Radio and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestras, and will return to the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Regional de Cannes, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Poznan Philharmonic, and Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie. 
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