Following a remarkable first season as Chief Conductor of the WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cristian Măcelaru will extend his contract with the orchestra until at least 2025.
“Being on stage with the superb musicians of the WDR is always stimulating, while simultaneously being a meaningful discovery of the most diverse musical opportunities,” he says. “I am very pleased that we will continue to be able to create many moments of beauty for our faithful audience, to give new life to timeless musical masterpieces and to continue the artistic partnerships that have made the WDR Symphony Orchestra one of the best orchestras in Germany and the world as a whole.”
The Romanian-born conductor has established himself as a highly sought-after artist with ensembles around the world, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, LA Phil, Cleveland Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester, and many more. He is soon to take up the Music Directorship of the renowned Orchestre National de France, and won a Grammy Award in 2019 for his recording of Wynton Marsalis’ Violin Concerto with Nicola Benedetti and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Cristian first conducted the WDR in 2017 and began as Chief Conductor last year.
“Right at his inaugural concert in September 2019,” says WDR programme director Valerie Weber, “he conquered the hearts of the public with his expressiveness. Admired by both the media and professional music critics, Cristian Măcelaru has been a driver of innovation for our orchestra, while at the same time a professional communicator who also knows how to play the keyboard of the internet. With his personality and an unusually broad repertoire that ranges from Bach right up to contemporary music, he has made such a convincing impression in his first year that we would like to keep him for longer in North Rhine Westphalia and at our orchestra.”