The Orchestre National de France has announced Cristian Măcelaru as Music Director from the 21/22 season, for an initial term of four years. Having recently opened his first season as Chief Conductor of the WDR Sinfonieorchester, this exciting development reflects the growing reputation Măcelaru has earned as one of the leading conducting talents to have emerged in recent years.
The appointment was announced today by Sibyle Veil, President and CEO of Radio France, and Michel Orier, Director of Music and Creation at Radio France. The orchestra issued the following statement:
“In his role as Music Director Cristian Măcelaru will be responsible for affirming the importance of French music in the orchestra’s repertoire and for further strengthening its influence and reinforcing its position in Paris, around France and around the world.
This dual mission is aligned with Radio France’s music strategy and will strengthen the synergies between the Orchestre National de France and the organisation’s other music ensembles and with its radio stations, in particular France Musique.”
“I look forward with great anticipation and excitement to joining the ONF family. From the onset of the first rehearsal together, we both understood each other’s desire for a more refined music making structured on the basis of the deep understanding of the composer’s intent.
Building on these concepts, I am certain we will be able to continue on the immense tradition created by our illustrious predecessors, yet find ways to bring our identity as a truly 21st century ensemble, through all means available to us as part of a media organization, to the ever wider audience. Art is a deep necessity in our world today, not just to portray an image or tell a story, but to communicate the deepest of our human emotions. These emotions connect us all, and define our place in the universe.
And with this message, I join my wonderful colleagues at the ONF in hopes of creating a more unified world, a more sensitive world, an art filled world that celebrates humanity and our shared values.”
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